Front: Robert Motherwell, detail, Elegy Black Black, 1982-83, lithograph Jasper Johns, detail, Cicada, 1979, silkscreen
NATIONAL TOURING EXHIBITION BY TWO LEADING CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ICONS TO BE
ON VIEW AT WOLFGANG PUCK KITCHEN + BAR
“POETIC WORKS AS A METAPHOR focuses on the collaborative efforts between the artists Robert Motherwell and Jasper Johns and poets Rafael Alberti and Samuel Beckett who shared their creative visions to create a bold, contrasting pairing of visual and literary art forms that aims to fashion an awerness of language while unearthing the complexities of the human mind.”
– The Wichita Eagle, Jason Dilts
Left: Jasper Johns, detail, Flagstones, 1976, lift-ground aquatint
Right: Robert Motherwell, detail, Black With No Way Out, 1983, lithograph
JASPER JOHNS (American b. 1930), Pop and Conceptual
painter and printmakers, helped unseat the Abstract
Expressionist movement in the 1960s. Strongly influenced
by Robert Rauschenberg. Considered by many to be the best
printmaker in modern times.
ROBERT MOTHERWELL (American 1915-1991) one of
the founders and last surviving members of the Abstract
Expressionist movement in painting.
RAFAEL ALBERTI (Spanish 1902-1999) A member of the group
of Spanish poets known as the “Generation of 1927.” Alberti
was exiled from Spain during the Spanish Civil War. He met
Robert Motherwell at an exhibition of the painter’s work in
1980. The two collaborated on the making of the Motherwell
prints on view in this exhibition related to the plight of Spain.
SAMUEL BECKETT (Irish 1906-1989), novelist, playwright,
and poet, became won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1969.
Moved to France in the 1930s and wrote his verse in French for
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