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On the ethical character of art
1964

Motherwell discusses the ethical character of art in this segment of the 1964 public television program ART: New York.

 

(ART: New York, “Robert Motherwell: Theme and Variations.” With Bryan Robertson. New York: WDNT-13, broadcast December 15, 1964. Transferred from 16mm by Museum of Modern Art Film Study Center, New York.)

On the ethical character of art
1964

Motherwell discusses the ethical character of art in this segment of the 1964 public television program ART: New York.

 

(ART: New York, “Robert Motherwell: Theme and Variations.” With Bryan Robertson. New York: WDNT-13, broadcast December 15, 1964. Transferred from 16mm by Museum of Modern Art Film Study Center, New York.)

When is a picture finished?
1988

Motherwell discusses children’s art and the question, “when is a picture finished?” in this clip filmed in Greenwich in 1988.

 

(L’Atelier de Robert Motherwell. Directed by Benoît Jacquot. Paris: I.N.A., with the assistance of Centre National de la Cinématographie; FR 3; and La Sept, 1988.)

On the Open series
1970

This footage was filmed in Motherwell’s Greenwich studio in April 1970.

 

(Painters Painting: The New York Art Scene, 1940– 1970; A Film by Emile de Antonio. Directed by Emile de Antonio and Mary Lampson. New York: Mystic Fire, 1972.)

On the meaning of art
1991

Motherwell discusses his faith in painting and the “attitude towards reality” which defines his aesthetic, against a backdrop of scenes filmed during the installation of his retrospective exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York in 1984.

 

(Robert Motherwell and the New York School: Storming the Citadel. Directed by Catherine Tatge. New York: Tatge/Lasseur Productions; International Cultural Programming, in association with Thirteen/WNET, 1991. First broadcast in August 1991 as part of the American Masters series on PBS.)

On Abstract Expressionism
1971

Motherwell discusses the legacy of Abstract Expressionism and is seen painting Elegy to the Spanish Republic (with Lemon-Yellow Panel) (P648) in his Greenwich studio in 1971.

 

(Robert Motherwell: Summer of 1971. Directed by Michael Blackwood and Christian Blackwood. New York: Blackwood Productions, 1973. )

On the Elegy to the Spanish Republic series
1971

Motherwell discusses the Elegy to the Spanish Republic series and paints Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 124 (P650). This scene filmed in his Greenwich studio in 1971.

 

(Robert Motherwell: Summer of 1971. Directed by Michael Blackwood and Christian Blackwood. New York: Blackwood Productions, 1973.)