Review of Robert Motherwell: A Centenary Survey of Major Works

Veil after Veil
Robert Motherwell probes the psyche of the age

by Kelly Grovier
published in The Times Literary Supplement, 27th February 2015

In 1948, the American abstract artist Robert Motherwell flipped open a copy of Finnegans Wake and blindly plunked his finger in the middle of a random page. Aiming to locate a title for this most recent painting, Motherwell believed implicitly in the power of accident to steer his hand fortuitously, not only in the naming of his art but in the making of it.