Motherwell to Baziotes, Sept 6 1944

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Motherwell wrote to Baziotes just weeks before both artists were to have their first solo exhibitions at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century gallery (Baziotes's show opened October 1 and Motherwell's on October 24, 1944). In the letter Motherwell recounts the events of the summer, the first he spent in the Hamptons on eastern Long Island, and provides a fascinating look at the camaraderie that existed among American and European artists-in-exile during the war years. Among the figures Motherwell recalls in the letter are Jean Helion, Stanley William Hayter, Lionel Abel, Anais Nin, Jane Bowles, Pierre Chareau, Ian Hugo, Jean Wahl, John Cage, Andre Masson, Ossip Zadkine, and Robert Goldwater.

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