Africa Suite: Ink Drawings and Related Prints
April 1 – May 6, 2006
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1, 5-7 p.m.

Bobbie Greenfield Gallery
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Robert Motherwell, “Africa Suite #2”, 1970, ink and acrylic, 41 x 28 1/2 inches.
© Dedalus Foundation, Inc./Licensed by VAGA, NY
Bobbie Greenfield Gallery is pleased to announce our upcoming Robert Motherwell (1915 – 1991) exhibition Africa Suite: Ink Drawings and Related Prints.  On exhibition will be the 11 original studies and the 10 relating silkscreens from the Africa Suite, 1970.  Robert Motherwell was one of the leading Abstract Expressionist painters from the New York School.  As an action painter he applied the concept of automatism (the automatic action allowing unconscious ideas and feelings to be expressed).  However, it is surprising to note that Motherwell would often make studies for his prints and paintings.
In 1970 Robert Motherwell made 11 drawings for the Africa Suite. These are bold ink on paper gestures with white acrylic overpainting and white paper masking done in Robert Motherwell’s iconic black and white palette.  In order to determine the final size of the silkscreens Motherwell adhered the drawings onto a base sheet.
The 10 resulting silkscreens that comprise the Africa Suite are large in format (40 3/4 x 28 1/4 inches).  Printmaking became a major medium for Motherwell and this project represents the first time the artist worked with silkscreening.  
This exhibition continues the gallery’s interest in Robert Motherwell and his process of art making.  Previous exhibitions have included Robert Motherwell: Inspiration, 5 drawings for 7 Prints in 2000 and Robert Motherwell: Drawings and Related Prints in 2002.  Robert Motherwell Africa Suite: Ink Drawings and Related Prints continues this exploration.

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