November 3 – December 23, 2022
Robert Motherwell; Prints
Greg Kucera Gallery
212 3rd Street S, Seattle, WA 98104 USA
This is Greg Kucera Gallery’s ninth one-person exhibition of work by Robert Motherwell. This end of year show will present 22 prints created from 1962 through 1989. Though first known as a painter, Robert Motherwell produced a total of 536 print editions throughout his artistic career.
Motherwell made his first prints in 1943 near the beginning of his career. He returned to printmaking in the early 1960s at the invitation of Universal Limited Art Editions, then a new printmaking studio which provided the technical assistance the artist needed to make great editions. His ULAE prints, his later work at Gemini G.E.L. in LA, as well as self-published prints created in his own studio, created an impressive body of work which allowed him to explore his Gestures and Collage series in print forms.
In addition to several sugarlift aquatint etchings, a curious etching process (involving tree resin, molasses, shellac, and acid) which allowed the artist to create gestural or linear imagery over fields of color, we are also showing fifteen of the artist’s lithographs. He regarded the lithograph as the most natural of the printmaking forms which allowed him tremendous freedom as an artist.
Motherwell created several artist books illustrating the works of poets and writers such as Stéphane Mallarmé, James Joyce and Rafael Alberti. This exhibition will include his largest artist book THREE POEMS, which abstractly illustrates poetry by Octavio Paz with whom he was close.