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Robert and Maria Motherwell at LaGuardia Airport, May 1943. Joseph Cornell papers, 1804–1986, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
January-May 1943

Peggy Guggenheim invites Motherwell, Pollock, and Baziotes to make collages for an upcoming exhibition. Pollock invites Motherwell to work in his studio, as neither artist has made collages before. Motherwell creates two collages during this session, which Matta sees shortly afterward, and enthusiastically urges him to make more and larger works in the medium. In the weeks that follow Motherwell creates the groundbreaking Joy of Living (C3), which Guggenheim includes in her Exhibition of Collage (April 16-May 15). Joy of Living is purchased by Saidie A. May for the Baltimore Museum of Art, the first work by Motherwell to enter a museum collection.

Motherwell's painting The Sentinel (P10) is included in the Spring Salon for Young Artists at Art of This Century (May 19-June 26) and is acquired by Peggy Guggenheim for her collection.