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lower right: A.J.MOTLEY.JR / 1922

Provenance

The artist [1891-1981], Chicago; by inheritance to his son, Archibald John (Archie) Motley, III [1934-2002], Chicago; joint owner from 1986 with his wife, Valerie Gerrard Browne [b. 1940]; full ownership 2002 to Valerie Gerrard Browne; joint owner from 2017 with her daughter, Mara Hope Gerrard Motley, M.D. [b. 1985], Chicago; purchased February 2018 by NGA.

Exhibition History
1923
Twenty-Seventh Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago, 1923, no. 189.
1928
Exhibition of Paintings by Archibald J. Motley, Jr., The New Gallery, New York, 1928.
1933
Archibald Motley, Jr., Tudor Gallery, Chicago Woman's Club, 1933.
1976
Two Centuries of Black American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas; Brooklyn Museum, 1976-1977, no. 80.
1988
Three Masters: Eldzier Cortor, Hughie Lee-Smith, Archibald John Motley, Jr., Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, 1988, no. 63.
1991
The Art of Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Chicago Historical Society; Studio Museum of Harlem, New York; High Museum/Georgia-Pacific Gallery, Atlanta; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 1991-1993, no. 9, repro.
2014
Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Chicago Cultural Center; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2014-2016, no. 4, repro.
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