Painting: Lochinvar's Return

At dinner before the museum opening, Director of Collections Alfred Barr tapped his wine glass for attention, rose to reminisce: "I think I first heard the name of Bob Motherwell back in the 1940's from the surrealists, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, André Breton. And to hear them describe him, he was then like some young Lochinvar come out of the west." Last week Robert Motherwell went back in triumph to Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art to receive its greatest accolade: a one-man show, with 87 canvases, collages and drawings, including two outsize...

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