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Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko at the "Aesthetics and the Artist" conference, sponsored by the Artists Equity Association, Woodstock New York, August 1952.
Summer 1952

Motherwell spends the summer in East Hampton. On June 30, a letter by seven members of the ''Irascible'' group is published in the New York Times protesting, once again, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's dismissive attitude towards modern art in its juried exhibitions. The letter is signed by Ferber, Gottlieb, Motherwell, Newman, Reinhardt, Rothko, and Still. In late August, Motherwell speaks at the ''Aesthetics and the Artist'' seminar in Woodstock, New York, organized by the Artists Equity Association. Other speakers include Newman, Rothko, David Smith, Suzanne Langer, and Franz Boas.