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Robert Motherwell (American, 1915-1991) Night Music Opus #24

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American & European Works of Art - 2841B
Date / Time :
September 11, 2015 4:00PM


Robert Motherwell (American, 1915-1991)

Night Music Opus #24, 1989
Initialed and dated "RM/89" u.r., titled on verso, labels from M. Knoedler & Co.,
New York, and Deborah Ronnen Fine Arts, Rochester, New York, affixed to the frame backing.
Acrylic and pasted papers on canvas mounted on board, 32 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (82.5 x 64.7 cm), framed.
Condition: Good.

Provenance: Dedalus Foundation (1991), private Massachusetts collection (2003).

Literature: Mary Ann Caws, Robert Motherwell: With Pen and Brush (London: Reaktion, 2003), pp. 116-117; Jack D. Flam, Katy Rogers, Tim Clifford, and Robert Motherwell, Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonne┬┤, 1941-1991 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012), cat. no. C848, illus. p. 386.

Exhibitions: Knoedler & Company, New York, April 1989, cat. no. 9; Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, 1997 (traveling), cat. no. XI.5, color illus. p. 189 (pl. 132).
Estimate $40,000-60,000

Artist's Studio Number C89-3514.

The frame was not opened during cataloging or condition review. There is a loose-appearing thread likely from the pale green paper, measuring about 2 inches in length (folded), located in the l.r. quadrant, 4 inches in from the right side and 9 inches up from the bottom of the composition. Also some very tiny bits of dust and debris in the lower left corner of the frame, probably due to the static casued by the plexiglass glazing. Areas of minor glue staining in the pale green paper which are part of the creation of the work.

Frame with some nicks and abrasions.

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Tim Clifford, Ann Caws, Katy Rogers, London, Rochester, Guggenheim Fellows, Knoedler, Mary Ann Caws, Motherwell, Robert Motherwell