Chronology

Motherwell in his Eighth Street studio, ca. 1945
Spring 1945

Motherwell gives up his Eighth Street apartment. He, Baziotes and their wives travel to Coronado Beach, Florida for a planned six-month stay. Uncomfortable conditions lead to the Baziotes' early departure, followed shortly after by the Motherwell's. On returning to New York, Motherwell rents a small house near Georgica Pond in East Hampton.

Piet Mondrian: Plastic Art and Pure Plastic Art, 1937, and Other Essays, 1941-1943 is published as the second volume in the Documents of Modern Art series.

Wolfgang Paalen's Form and Sense is published by Wittenborn & Schultz to coincide with his exhibition at Art of This Century. This volume is the first in a new series conceived by Motherwell, the Problems of Contemporary Art.

Motherwell and Wittenborn acquire the rights to publish Georges Hugnet's essay ''L'esprit dada dans la peinture.'' Motherwell's work on Hugnet's essay is inspired in part by his conversations with Dadaists, including Max Ernst and Marcel Duchamp, and will be the beginning of a seven-year odyssey that culminates with the publication of The Dada Painters and Poets as the eighth volume of the Documents of Modern Art series in 1951.

Motherwell signs a contract with Reynal & Hitchcock for a book on Twentieth Century Art that is never realized. They also commission him to illustrate Marianne Moore's translation of La Fontaine's Fables, for which he creates a number of drawings and collages; but the project is later abandoned.

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