Los Angeles

Robert Motherwell

Pasadena Art Museum

Robert Motherwell, Pasadena Art Museum. This is the first retrospective exhibition Motherwell has had in the United States. It is a fact in which Southern Californians can take pride. Director Leavitt deserves credit for his enterprise in arranging the exhibition and for bringing the artist to the West Coast for a chaotic, witty and human lecture to overflowing crowds at the Pasadena Museum. An attractive catalog to the exhibition with tributes by Leavitt, Frank O’Hara, Sam Hunter and Barbara Guest arouses some deserved excitement for the man and his art. An excerpt reprinted from Art in America entitled “What a Museum Should Be” by Motherwell shows him to be a good guy with sound sense. In scope, the exhibition generally covers the period from the impressionable war years to the present, and includes his much discussed collages as well as drawings and major paintings. Seeing these works

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