Blue Air


Robert Motherwell, American, b. Aberdeen, Washington, 1915–1991

Oil and sand on paperboard mounted on paperboard, 41 1/2 X 28 3/8 IN. (105.3 X 72.0 CM.)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.3671

Samuel Kootz Gallery, New York
Private Collection, Connecticut
JH purchased from Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Sale 1730, 6 February 1957, no. 61

Exhibition History:
SAMUEL KOOTZ GALLERY, New York, "Robert Motherwell," 28 April-7 May 1947
TRABIA-MORRIS GALLERY, New York, "Art of the Americas, 16 October-10 November 1962, cat.
HERBERT F. JOHNSON MUSEUM OF ART, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, "Early Abstract Expressionism," 1 March-1 June, 1978. TOUR: WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, 3 October-10 December, 1978
SIDNEY MISHKIN GALLERY, Baruch College, New York, "Painting in Poetry/Poetry in Painting: Wallace Stevens and Modern Art," 16 March-27 April, 1995, ill. p. 15
MUSEU D'ART CONTEMPORANI DE BARCELONA, Spain. "Be-Bomb: The Transatlantic War of Images and All That Jazz in the 1950's" 5 October 2007 - 7 January 2008.

Published References:
HYAMS, BARRY. Hirshhorn: Medici from Brooklyn (New York: EP Dutton, 1979) ill. n.p.
"WALLACE STEVENS AND MODERN ART." The Chronicle of Higher Education (17 March 1995) ill. p. B64
MCLEOD, GLEN. "The Influence of Wallace Stevens on Contemporary Artists." The Wallace Stevens Journal, vol. 20, no. 2 (Fall 1996) ill. p. 148

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Abstract Expressionism (First Generation)