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upper right reverse, the last line in red: Robert Motherwell / 19 August 1972 / NOT FOR SALE; upper center reverse, the "I" a Roman numeral: "In Plato's Cave I" (19. Aug. 72)


The artist; his estate; Dedalus Foundation, Inc., New York; purchased 13 January 1999 by NGA.

Exhibition History

Robert Motherwell, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1983-1985, no. 58, repro.
Robert Motherwell, Padiglione d'arte contemporanea, Milan, 1989, no. 11, repro.
Robert Motherwell 1969-1990, Centre d'art plastique contemprain, Paris, 1990, unnumbered catalogue, repro.
Motherwell, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 1996-1997, no. 45, repro.
Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy of Arts, London; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 2016-2017.

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