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January-March 1961

Motherwell paints the bold, gestural Black on White (P219) and completes a series of Elegies to the Spanish Republic (P215–P218).

Motherwell is one of the signers of “In Support of the French Intellectuals,” published in January in the Partisan Review, a statement in defense of individuals being persecuted for speaking out on behalf of the victims of France’s war in Algeria.

Motherwell’s essay “What Should A Museum Be?” appears in the March-April issue of Art in America.

Motherwell and nearly fifty other cultural figures sign a letter to the editor of the New York Times protesting the hostility towards modern art of the newspaper’s art critic John Canaday.