The Times In Havana

Robert Motherwell

This work was started in 1979 and completed some time before being exhibited at the Harcus Krakow Gallery in May 1980. It was shown under the title Time Present and Time Past, which comes from the first line of T.S. Eliot's poem Burnt Norton of 1935, the first of his Four Quartets. The printed collage element, which has a newspaper motif, was torn from the same kind of fish and chips bag as the one used in Beside the Sea with Fish and Chips (C604) and other works. The painted out label within the black oval is from Mark, Fore & Strike, a sporting goods company.

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
The Times In Havana
Acrylic and collage on canvasboard
61.0 x 30.5 cm (24 x 12 ins )
Initialled and dated upper left
Dedalus Foundation, NY; Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles
Dedalus Foundation Archive No: C79-2371
'Robert Motherwell', Harcus Krakow Gallery, Boston, 1980; 'Contemporary American Collages, 1960-1986', Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amhurst, Nov 9 - Dec 11, 1987; and touring to William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, Conn, Jan 24-March 7, 1988; Leigh University Galleries, Leigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., March 27-May 8, 1988; Butler Institute of American Art, Youndstown, Ohio, September 11- October 23, 1988; Kansas City Art Institute, Mo., Nov 14 – Dec 24, 1988; University Art Gallery, State University of New York, Albany, Jan 24 – March 6, 1989; Nevada Institute of Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, March 27 – May 8, 1989; 'Robert Motherwell: The Open Door', Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico, Sept 9 - Oct 27, 1991
Caws, M.A., 'Robert Motherwell: What Art Holds', Columbia University Press, New York, 1996, p.149 (col. illus. p. 152); Flam, J., Rigers, K. & Clifford, T., 'Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonne 1941-1991', Yale University Press, New Haven, 2012, vol. III, p.301, C644; William Benton Museum of Art, cover illus. 1988; Windrow, K., Robert Motherwell: The Open Door, Museum of Fort Worth, 1992, p. 9 (col. illus.)
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