Artists discussing their own work and impact makes a lot more sense to us than scholars attempting to decipher their depth and breadth in the past tense. The documentary Robert Motherwell: The Summer of 1971 finds the artist and founder of the loose collective known as the New York School contemplating his own role in the Abstract Expressionist movement and the doc screens Sunday, March 25.
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Motherwell (1915-1991) pursued painting at a young age even as his father tried to steer him away from it. The artist’s persistence arguably paid off, considering that he counted Phillip Guston, Jackson Pollack, and Mark Rothko among his peers.