Robert Motherwell: What Art Holds

ISBN: 0231096445
ISBN 13: 9780231096447
By: Mary Ann Caws Robert Motherwell

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A personal exploration of Robert Motherwell and his work by a close friend, this study includes discussion on his paintings, drawings and collages in relation to the wide range of literature with which he was involved. It includes rare photographs and interviews.

Reader's Thoughts


This will always be one of those "what if" books for me. I say that because it had such promise--terrific writing on a fantastic subject; but somewhere along the line, somebody dropped the ball. Hard.I actually don't have a problem with the bulk of the book reproducing Motherwell's works in black and white, with a color signature in the center. That I could live with. What's inexcusable, however, is that the color reproductions are a travesty--10 were inadvertently cropped off at the top, while one was reproduced completely upside down. Columbia University Press actually included a printed regret sheet, pointing out these errors, and clearly they wish the book could lose its botched color section entirely. Nonetheless, it's still being sold at an exorbitant price, even on Amazon (currently $68). Frankly, even without the printing snafus, it wouldn't be worth that much."A+" for the writing, but a resounding "F" for the final product, unfortunately.

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