MOTHERWELL, SEGAL, STELLA. THREE KEY FIGURES IN DIALOGUE
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse presents MOTHERWELL, SEGAL, STELLA an exhibition featuring works by three of the most outstanding American Artists of the second half of the twentieth century.
The paintings on view by Robert Motherwell, a leading member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionist art, include an early 1958 canvas made the same year as Motherwell’s marriage to painter Helen Frankenthaler. Created prior to their honeymoon in Spain and France, the work anticipates the Iberia series that Motherwell began after the couple attended a bullfight at the Plaza de Toros in Biarritz, France in August 1958.
Besides, George Segal’s work is presented, who became prominent during the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and worked directly with the human form. The figures are set in an actual environment: a dive bar with a Budweiser beer neon sign, a New York City subway car, a park bench, and a Depression-era breadline. The figures modeled from Segal’s “ugly friends” are left rough and unfinished resulting in an effect of loneliness, alienation, and mystery, often compared to the paintings of American realist Edward Hopper.
Finally, Frank Stella presents works from an early 1961-shaped canvas from his Copper series using industrial paint. “Frank Stella is a painter we have collected in depth over the fifty years we have been building the Margulies Collection,” states curator Katherine Hinds. These early geometric works are credited with launching the American Minimalist Movement.