Upcoming Exhibitions

At Five in the Afternoon, 1949, casein and graphite on paperboard, 15 x 20 inches, Estate of Helen Frankenthaler, Inc., ©VAGA, NY

Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944-1952

Saturday August 9 – Monday October 13

Opening Reception: Saturday August 9 / 4-6pm

$7 Suggested Admission / FREE to Members

Guest Curator: Phyllis Tuchman, longtime art critic

When Robert Motherwell was in his seventies and looking back at the period when he lived in East Hampton, he recalled, “I did my best work there.” In this spirit, we will call attention to Motherwell’s early work and explore the contributions that Motherwell made to the Abstract Expressionist movement in the context of our East End artist’s community. While in East Hampton, Motherwell lived and worked in a house and studio designed by Pierre Chareau, the inimitable French architect. A show devoted to the paintings Motherwell made during those remarkable years has never been mounted. Focusing on sixteen important works from major museums and three private collections, Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944-1952 will surprise even those who think they know this pioneering American abstractionist’s art well.


Hear Robert Motherwell recount his first childhood experience with abstraction 


Read the full Oral history interview with Robert Motherwell, 1971 Nov. 24-1974 May 1, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution


$7 Suggested Admission. Open 7 days through Labor Day: Mon-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm. Museum hours after Labor Day: Mon, Fri, & Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm. 


Major Sponsor: Dedalus Foundation

Lead Foundation Sponsors: Helen Frankenthaler Foundation and The Willem deKooning Foundation

Lead Corporate Sponsors: Dayton Ritz & Osborne and Chubb Insurance, Wally Findlay Galleries

Lead Sponsors: Marjorie F. Chester, Steven and Lucy Cookson, Rebecca Cooper, Susan and Steven Jacobson, Barbara and Richard Lane, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Ninah and Michael Lynne, Fern and Lenard Tessler

Co-Sponsors: Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Marty and Michele Cohen, Roy Furman, Michael Hecht, Bruce Horten, Lillian Heidenberg Fine Art, Linda Lindenbaum, Robert Menschel and Janet Wallach, Cheryl and Michael Minikes, Joan and Lucio Noto, Pamela and Edward Pantzer, Rona and Richard Roob, Penske Automotive Group, Carol and Lawrence SaperLowell M. Schulman and Dianne Wallace, Theo Hios Fund, Thomas Twomey and Judith Hope

Media Sponsor: Avenue on the Beach


All museum programming is made possible in part through the generosity of Crozier Fine Arts, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Helen Hoie Fund, The Lorenzo and Mary Woodhouse Trust, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and Suffolk County.


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