Interview with Artist Robert Motherwell (Part 1 of 2), 1986

In this 1986 interview with Robert Motherwell at his studio in Greenwich, Connecticut, the artist is joined by psychologist and philosopher Sigmund Koch and curator Jack Flam. Motherwell describes a patterned paper he discovered, which was later used in a number of his collages:

„I found it in an art store, it was German, made for gift wrapping, but was made with brush strokes and I thought absolutely in the spirit of Abstract Expressionism, I mean I had never seen a paper like it but they only had five sheets, so I bought all five sheets for a dollar and a half each, which was my weekly allowance and there use to be this mean joke in Greenwich Village that when I used up those five sheets I wouldn’t be able to make collage anymore.“

Conducted for the Aesthetics Research Archive at Boston University. Dedalus Foundation Archives.

Robert Motherwell: Early Collages is on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014. To learn more, visit

Robert Motherwell: Early Collages is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art with additional funding from the Dedalus Foundation, Inc. The Leadership Committee for Robert Motherwell: Early Collages is gratefully acknowledged for its support: Gilbert and Shelley Harrison, Dorothy and Sidney Kohl, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and Lissa Noël Wagner.


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