This Bibliography is based on the one in Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991. It is organized alphabetically, by author’s last name. Preceding each entry is an abbreviated form giving the author’s name and the year of publication, which identifies the abbreviated form in which the publication is referred to throughout the catalogue raisonné. When more than one text by the same author was published in the same year, a letter is added to differentiate the two entries.

Reviews of exhibitions direct the reader to the corresponding entry in the Exhibition History. Important essays from exhibition catalogues are listed here under the author’s name, rather than in the Exhibition History.

Publications that contain excerpts from Motherwell’s letters, interviews, and writings, are marked “includes artist’s statements.”

Incomplete references, based on magazine and newspaper clippings in the Dedalus Foundation Archives, are indicated as such.

This Selected Bibliography is meant to guide researchers to the most essential texts about (or by) Robert Motherwell. For a complete, searchable bibliography click the 'Complete Bibliography' box below.


Motherwell, Robert. “The Modern Painter’s World.” DYN 1, no. 6 (November 1944): 9-14.

Greenberg, Clement. “Art.” The Nation 159, no. 20 (November 11, 1944): 598-599.

Kees, Weldon. “Robert Motherwell.” Magazine of Art 42, no. 3 (March 1948): 86-88.

The Dada Painters and Poets: An Anthology. Edited by Robert Motherwell. New York: George Wittenborn, Inc., 1951. Second edition, Boston: G.K. & Co., 1981, with a foreword by Jack Flam; paperback, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1989.

Motherwell, Robert. “The Rise and Continuity of Abstract Art.” Arts & Architecture 68, no. 9 (September 1951): 21, 41.

Goossen, E.C. “Robert Motherwell and the Seriousness of Subject.” Art International 3, no. 1-2 (January-February 1959): 33-35, 38, 51.

Sandler, Irving. “Robert Motherwell.” Art International 5, no. 5-6 (June-August 1961): 43-44.

Ashton, Dore. “Robert Motherwell: Passion and Transfiguration.” Studio International 167, no. 851 (March 1964): 100-105.

Robert Motherwell: With Selections from the Artist’s Writings. Exhibition catalogue with contributions by Frank O’Hara and Robert Motherwell. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1965.

Kozloff, Max. “An Interview with Robert Motherwell.” Artforum 4, no. 1 (September 1965): 33-37.

Lippard, Lucy. “New York Letter: Miró and Motherwell.” Art International 9, no. 9-10 (December 1965): 33-35.

Tillim, Sidney. “Motherwell: The Echo of Protest.” Artforum 4, no. 4 (December 1965): 34-36.

Arnason, H.H. “On Motherwell and His Early Work.” Art International 10, no. 1 (January 1966): 17-35.

Robertson, Bryan. “From a Notebook on Robert Motherwell.” Studio International 171, no. 875 (March 1966): 89-93.

Arnason, H.H. “Robert Motherwell: The Years 1948 to 1965.” Art International 10, no. 4 (April 20, 1966): 19-45.

Kramer, Hilton. “Robert Motherwell: The Art of Collage.” New York Times (October 13, 1968): D37.

Krauss, Rosalind. “Robert Motherwell’s New Paintings.” Artforum 7, no. 9 (May 1969): 26-28.

Arnason, H.H. “Motherwell: The Window and the Wall.” Art News 68, no. 4 (Summer 1969): 48-52, 61-68.

Sandler, Irving. The Triumph of American Painting: A History of Abstract Expressionism. New York and Washington: Prager Publishers, 1970.

Ashton, Dore. The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning. New York: The Viking Press, 1972.

Raynor, Vivien. “A Talk with Robert Motherwell.” Art News 73, no. 4 (April 1974): 50-52.

Carmean, Jr., E.A. “Robert Motherwell’s Spanish Elegies.” Arts Magazine v. 50, no. 10 (June 1976): 94-7.

Arnason, H.H. “Robert Motherwell: 1966-1976.” Art International 20, no. 9-10 (October-November 1976): 9-25, 55-57.

Cohen, Arthur A. “The Motherwell Atelier.” Vogue 167, no. 3 (March 1977): 230-233, 256.

Arnason, H.H. Robert Motherwell. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1977; revised edition 1982.

Fineberg, Jonathan. “Death and Maternal Love: Psychological Speculations on Robert Motherwell’s Art.” Artforum 17, no. 1 (September 1978): 52-57.

Carmean, Jr., E.A., et al. Reconciliation Elegy. New York: Rizzoli, 1980.

Terenzio, Stephanie and Robert Motherwell. Robert Motherwell & Black. Connecticut: The University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1980.

Baro, Gene. “Robert Motherwell.” Art International 24, no. 9-10 (August-September 1981): 117-118.

Patton, Phil. “Robert Motherwell: The Mellowing of an Angry Young Man.” Art News 81, no. 3 (March 1982): 70-76.

Firestone, Evan R. “James Joyce and the First Generation New York School.” Arts Magazine 56, no. 10 (June 1982): 116-121.

Mattison, Robert S. “The Emperor of China: Symbols of Power and Vulnerability in the art of Robert Motherwell during the 1940s.” Art International 25, no. 9-10 (November-December 1982): 8-14.

Seitz, William C. Abstract Expressionist Painting in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1983.

Drudi, Gabriella. Robert Motherwell Collages. Milan: Multhipla Edizione, 1983.

Robert Motherwell. Exhibition catalogue with contributions by Dore Ashton, Jack Flam, and Robert T. Buck. Buffalo: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1983.

Van Hook, L. Bailey. “Robert Motherwell’s Mallarme’s Swan.” Arts Magazine 57, no. 5 (January 1983): 102-106.

Glueck, Grace. “The Mastery of Robert Motherwell.” New York Times Magazine (December 2, 1984): 68-72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 81, 86.

Collins, Bradford R. “The Fundamental Tragedy of the Elegies to the Spanish Republic, of Robert Motherwell’s Dilemma.” Arts Magazine 59, no. 1 (September 1984): 94-97.

Danto, Arthur C. “Robert Motherwell.” The Nation 240, no. 2 (January 1985): 58-60.

Mattison, Robert S. “A Voyage: Robert Motherwell’s Earliest Works.” Arts Magazine 59, no. 6 (February 1985): 90-93.

Pleynet, Marcelin. Le Etats-Unis De La Peinture. Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1986.

Danto, Arthur C. The State of the Art. New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1987.

Mattison, Robert Saltonstall. Robert Motherwell: The Formative Years. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1987.

Drudi, Gabriella. Robert Motherwell Notes Romaines. Paris: Editions de la Difference, 1988.

Mattison, Robert S. “Robert Motherwell’s First Collages: ‘All My Life I Have Been Obsessed By Death.’” Studies in Iconography 12 (1988): 171-186.

The Dada Painters and Poets: An Anthology. 2nd ed. Edited by Robert Motherwell. Cambridge, MA and London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1989.

Pleynet, Marcelin. Robert Motherwell. Paris: Daniel Papierski, 1989.

Mackie, Alwynne. Art/Talk: Theory and Practice in Abstract Expressionism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1989.

Terenzio, Stephanie and Dorothy C. Belknap. The Prints of Robert Motherwell: A Catalogue Raisonné 1943–1990. New York: Hudson Hills Press, Inc., 1990.

Flam, Jack. Motherwell. London: Phaidon, 1991; also published by Rizzoli, New York,; Ediciones Poligrafa, Barcelona; Albin Michel, Paris.

Polcari, Stephen. Abstract Expressionism and the Modern Experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Motherwell, Robert. The Collected Writings of Robert Motherwell. Edited by Stephanie Terenzio. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992; revised edition, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1999, with a foreword by Jack Flam.

Kingsley, April. The Turning Point: The Abstract Expressionists and the Transformation of American Art. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Motherwell. Exhibition catalogue, with texts by Dore Ashton, Joan Banach, Norbert Lynton, and Francisco Calvo Serraller. Barcelona: Fundación Antoni Tàpies, 1996.

Anfam, David. Abstract Expressionism. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2002.

Caws, Mary Ann. Robert Motherwell: With Pen and Brush. London: Reaktion Books, 2003.

Engberg, Siri and Joan Banach. Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints 1940–1991. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 2003.

Motherwell, Robert. The Writings of Robert Motherwell. Edited by Dore Ashton with Joan Banach. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.