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October-December 1967

Returning in late September to New York, Motherwell moves into a new studio at 414 East Seventy-fifth Street. In late October, he has Open No. 1 (P397; then known as Ochre Door) installed in the newly renovated brownstone at 173 East Ninety-fourth Street. Within days he rotates the canvas so that the rectangular charcoal lines descend from the top of the canvas instead of ascending from the bottom. He re-signs the canvas to affirm this new orientation, finalizing the first painting in what he will call the Open series. In the months that follow he continues to explore the possibilities suggested by the first Open painting.