This Bibliography is based on the one in Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991. It is organized alphabetically, by author’s last name. Preceding each entry is an abbreviated form giving the author’s name and the year of publication, which identifies the abbreviated form in which the publication is referred to throughout the catalogue raisonné. When more than one text by the same author was published in the same year, a letter is added to differentiate the two entries.

Reviews of exhibitions direct the reader to the corresponding entry in the Exhibition History. Important essays from exhibition catalogues are listed here under the author’s name, rather than in the Exhibition History.

Publications that contain excerpts from Motherwell’s letters, interviews, and writings, are marked “includes artist’s statements.”

Incomplete references, based on magazine and newspaper clippings in the Dedalus Foundation Archives, are indicated as such.

This Selected Bibliography is meant to guide researchers to the most essential texts about (or by) Robert Motherwell. A more comprehensive bibliography is available by clicking the 'Comprehensive Bibliography' box below, which includes books and articles but does not include exhibition catalogues. For a comprehensive list of exhibition catalogues, see Exhibition History. 


Anfam, David. Abstract Expressionism. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2002.

Archives of American Art Journal 56, no. 2 (Fall 2017). Special issue focused on Robert Motherwell with contributions by Ellen G. Landau, Katy Rogers, and Emily S. Warner.

Arnason, H.H. “On Motherwell and His Early Work.” Art International 10, no. 1 (January 1966): 17-35.

Arnason, H.H. “Robert Motherwell: The Years 1948 to 1965.” Art International 10, no. 4 (April 20, 1966): 19-45.

Arnason, H.H. “Motherwell: The Window and the Wall.” Art News 68, no. 4 (Summer 1969): 48-52, 61-68.

Arnason, H.H. “Robert Motherwell: 1966-1976.” Art International 20, no. 9-10 (October-November 1976): 9-25, 55-57.

Arnason, H.H. Robert Motherwell. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1977; revised edition 1982.

Ashton, Dore. “Robert Motherwell: Passion and Transfiguration.” Studio International 167, no. 851 (March 1964): 100-105.

Ashton, Dore. The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning. New York: The Viking Press, 1972.

Baro, Gene. “Robert Motherwell.” Art International 24, no. 9-10 (August-September 1981): 117-118.

Carmean, Jr., E.A. “Robert Motherwell’s Spanish Elegies.” Arts Magazine v. 50, no. 10 (June 1976): 94-7.

Carmean, Jr., E.A. “Robert Motherwell: The Elegies to the Spanish Republic,” in American Art at Mid-Century: The Subjects of the Artist. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1978. Exh. cat.

Carmean, Jr., E.A., et al. Reconciliation Elegy. New York: Rizzoli, 1980.

Caws, Mary Ann. Robert Motherwell: With Pen and Brush. London: Reaktion Books, 2003.

Cohen, Arthur A. “The Motherwell Atelier.” Vogue 167, no. 3 (March 1977): 230-233, 256.

Collings, Matthew, et al. Robert Motherwell Open. London: 21 Publishing, 2009. With texts by Mel Gooding, Robert Hobbs, Donald Kuspit, Robert Mattison, Saul Ostrow, and John Yau.

Collins, Bradford R. “The Fundamental Tragedy of the Elegies to the Spanish Republic, or Robert Motherwell’s Dilemma.” Arts Magazine 59, no. 1 (September 1984): 94-97.

Danto, Arthur C. “Robert Motherwell.” The Nation 240, no. 2 (January 1985): 58-60.

Danto, Arthur C. The State of the Art. New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1987.

Drudi, Gabriella. Robert Motherwell Collages. Milan: Multhipla Edizione, 1983.

Drudi, Gabriella. Robert Motherwell Notes Romaines. Paris: Editions de la Difference, 1988.

Engberg, Siri and Joan Banach. Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints 1940–1991. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 2003.

Flam, Jack. Motherwell. London: Phaidon, 1991; also published by Rizzoli, New York; Ediciones Poligrafa, Barcelona; Albin Michel, Paris.

Flam, Jack, Katy Rogers, and Tim Clifford. Robert Motherwell: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.

Flam, Jack, Katy Rogers, and Tim Clifford. Motherwell: 100 Years. Milan: Skira, 2015.

Fineberg, Jonathan. “Death and Maternal Love: Psychological Speculations on Robert Motherwell’s Art.” Artforum 17, no. 1 (September 1978): 52-57.

Firestone, Evan R. “James Joyce and the First Generation New York School.” Arts Magazine 56, no. 10 (June 1982): 116-121.

Glueck, Grace. “The Mastery of Robert Motherwell.” New York Times Magazine (December 2, 1984): 68-72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 81, 86.

Goossen, E.C. “Robert Motherwell and the Seriousness of Subject.” Art International 3, no. 1-2 (January-February 1959): 33-35, 38, 51.

Greenberg, Clement. “Art.” The Nation 159, no. 20 (November 11, 1944): 598-599.

Kees, Weldon. “Robert Motherwell.” Magazine of Art 42, no. 3 (March 1948): 86-88.

Kingsley, April. The Turning Point: The Abstract Expressionists and the Transformation of American Art. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Kozloff, Max. “An Interview with Robert Motherwell.” Artforum 4, no. 1 (September 1965): 33-37.

Kramer, Hilton. “Robert Motherwell: The Art of Collage.” New York Times (October 13, 1968): D37.

Krauss, Rosalind. “Robert Motherwell’s New Paintings.” Artforum 7, no. 9 (May 1969): 26-28.

Lippard, Lucy. “New York Letter: Miró and Motherwell.” Art International 9, no. 9-10 (December 1965): 33-35.

Mackie, Alwynne. Art/Talk: Theory and Practice in Abstract Expressionism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1989.

Mattison, Robert S. “The Emperor of China: Symbols of Power and Vulnerability in the art of Robert Motherwell during the 1940s.” Art International 25, no. 9-10 (November-December 1982): 8-14.

Mattison, Robert S. “A Voyage: Robert Motherwell’s Earliest Works.” Arts Magazine 59, no. 6 (February 1985): 90-93.

Mattison, Robert Saltonstall. Robert Motherwell: The Formative Years. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1987.

Mattison, Robert S. “Robert Motherwell’s First Collages: ‘All My Life I Have Been Obsessed By Death.’” Studies in Iconography 12 (1988): 171-186.

Motherwell, Robert. “The Modern Painter’s World.” DYN 1, no. 6 (November 1944): 9-14.

Motherwell, Robert. “The Rise and Continuity of Abstract Art.” Arts & Architecture 68, no. 9 (September 1951): 21, 41.

Motherwell, Robert. The Collected Writings of Robert Motherwell. Edited by Stephanie Terenzio. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992; revised edition, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1999, with a foreword by Jack Flam.

Motherwell, Robert, ed. The Dada Painters and Poets: An Anthology. New York: George Wittenborn, Inc., 1951. Second edition, Boston: G.K. & Co., 1981, with a foreword by Jack Flam; paperback, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1989.

Motherwell, Robert. The Writings of Robert Motherwell. Edited by Dore Ashton with Joan Banach. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.

Motherwell. Barcelona: Fundación Antoni Tàpies, 1996. With texts by Dore Ashton, Joan Banach, Norbert Lynton, and Francisco Calvo Serraller. Exh. cat.

Robert Motherwell. Buffalo: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1983. With texts by Dore Ashton, Jack Flam, and Robert T. Buck. Exh. cat.

Robert Motherwell: The Art of Collage. New York: Paul Kasmin Gallery, 2016. With texts by Mary Ann Caws, Diana Donaldson, Jack Flam, Catherine Mosley, Marcelin Pleynet, and Katy Rogers. Exh. cat.

Robert Motherwell & Black. Connecticut: The University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1980. With texts by Stephanie Terenzio and Robert Motherwell. Exh. cat.

Robert Motherwell: Early Collages. New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2013. Texts by Susan Davidson, Megan M. Fontanella, Brandon Taylor, and Jeffrey Warda. Exh. cat.

Robert Motherwell: Early Paintings. New York: Paul Kasmin Gallery, 2017. With texts by Luke Diiorio and Robert Motherwell. Exh. cat.

Robert Motherwell Elegy to the Spanish Republic. New York: Dominique Lévy Gallery, 2016. With texts by David Anfam, Barbara Guest, Federico García Lorca, Robert Motherwell, Harold Rosenberg, and John Yau. Exh. cat.

Robert Motherwell and the New York School at Hunter. New York: Hunter College Art Galleries, 2015. With text by Howard Singerman. Exh. cat.

Robert Motherwell: With Selections from the Artist’s Writings. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1965. Texts by Frank O’Hara and Robert Motherwell. Exh. cat.

Patton, Phil. “Robert Motherwell: The Mellowing of an Angry Young Man.” Art News 81, no. 3 (March 1982): 70-76.

Pleynet, Marcelin. Le Etats-Unis de la Peinture. Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1986.

Pleynet, Marcelin. Robert Motherwell. Paris: Daniel Papierski, 1989.

Polcari, Stephen. Abstract Expressionism and the Modern Experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Raynor, Vivien. “A Talk with Robert Motherwell.” Art News 73, no. 4 (April 1974): 50-52.

Robertson, Bryan. “From a Notebook on Robert Motherwell.” Studio International 171, no. 875 (March 1966): 89-93.

Rosand, David, ed. Robert Motherwell on Paper: Drawings, Prints, Collages. New York: Harry N. Abrams, in association with the Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, 1997.

Sandler, Irving. “Robert Motherwell.” Art International 5, no. 5-6 (June-August 1961): 43-44.

Sandler, Irving. The Triumph of American Painting: A History of Abstract Expressionism. New York and Washington: Prager Publishers, 1970.

Seitz, William C. Abstract Expressionist Painting in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1983.

Terenzio, Stephanie and Dorothy C. Belknap. The Prints of Robert Motherwell: A Catalogue Raisonné 1943–1990. New York: Hudson Hills Press, Inc., 1990.

Tillim, Sidney. “Motherwell: The Echo of Protest.” Artforum 4, no. 4 (December 1965): 34-36.

Van Hook, L. Bailey. “Robert Motherwell’s Mallarme’s Swan.” Arts Magazine 57, no. 5 (January 1983): 102-106.