Two weeks of activities commemorate local artist’s influential legacy


Robert Motherwell (1915 - 1991)

Robert Motherwell (1915 – 1991)


PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), in conjunction with the Dedalus Foundation, will host two weeks of exhibitions, talks and workshops May 15-31, to commemorate the centennial of iconic Provincetown artist Robert Motherwell.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum

Provincetown Art Association and Museum

Motherwell is known as one of the leaders of Abstract Expressionism, a movement that grew out of European Surrealism in the 1940s. The two-week celebration will honor his artistic legacy and influence on Modernism and future generations of artists and writers.

The Fine Arts Work Center and PAAM will feature paintings, collage, poetry and other works showcasing Motherwell’s status as one of America’s great Abstract Expressionists. Various scholars, artists and writers will offer presentations and talks to provide perspective on the life and work of Motherwell. Most events are free and open to the public.

Much of Motherwell’s legacy resides in the Dedalus Foundation, which Motherwell founded in 1981to foster public understanding of Modernism through the Foundation’s programs in arts education, research and publications, archives and conservation, and exhibitions. The Dedalus Foundation will supply a number of Motherwell’s works for the centennial, in addition to the collection of Motherwell’s works at PAAM.

Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center

Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center

Today, art in Provincetown is not only in museums but also in the almost 60 galleries around town that open their doors to weekly gallery strolls and to art enthusiasts from around the world. The coastal town is as vibrant artistically as it was 100 years ago, with a natural environment that continues to inspire new generations of artists and writers who seek to find their own form of expression in America’s oldest continuous art colony known as America’s First Destination.

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