Reflections on Robert Motherwell (1960)

December 8, 2014

Reflections on Robert Motherwell (1960)

From: Perfect Timing by Marvin Lazarus

 

"Called Motherwell and pushed him into an appointment at 12:30. I was surprised

to see him up close. He is both beefy yet long, a strange combination.

 

Had to work fast as he had an appointment. Neither the situation, the timing nor the place (studio) lent itself to the project.  I felt rushed and pushed into stock situations.

 

He said that he bought a place in Provincetown and maybe – since he knew he was an awful subject - we could re-shoot there.  Also, he said re: teaching, he had a sabbatical and found he turned out twice as many paintings. He then took another year off and the same thing happened.  So now he has quit teaching.

 

Said he bought the Provincetown house because he can’t stand the competition in East Hampton. He said that there "every one of the group is under pressure, there is a sense of constant competition”  In Provincetown, if I understood him correctly, you have those who have “made it" and even with the young, there is not the intense competition."

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