Dedalus Foundation

Dedalus Foundation Founded in 1981 by the artist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991), the Dedalus Foundation fosters public understanding of modern art and modernism.
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Founded in 1981 by the artist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991), the Dedalus Foundation fosters public understanding of modern art and modernism through its programs in arts education, research and publications, archives and conservation, and exhibitions, as well as in the guardianship and study of Robert Motherwell’s art. As we work to inform and educate the public, we strive to maintain the high sta

Founded in 1981 by the artist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991), the Dedalus Foundation fosters public understanding of modern art and modernism through its programs in arts education, research and publications, archives and conservation, and exhibitions, as well as in the guardianship and study of Robert Motherwell’s art. As we work to inform and educate the public, we strive to maintain the high sta

"Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America" (Phaidon/New Museum), has been awarded the 2021 #Dedalus #ExhibitionC...
06/16/2021

"Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America" (Phaidon/New Museum), has been awarded the 2021 #Dedalus #ExhibitionCatalogueAward

This landmark publication contain an important collection of artworks and essays that collectively speak to the urgency of the moment as our country grapples with its legacy of brutality towards Black Americans and indifference to Black grief.

This catalogue will undoubtedly stand as an important document and will long be referred to for its acute analysis of contemporary social, cultural and political life in the United States.

Edited by Okwui Enwezor, Naomi Beckwith, Massimiliano Gioni, Glenn Ligon, and Mark Nash

"Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America" (Phaidon/New Museum), has been awarded the 2021 #Dedalus #ExhibitionCatalogueAward

This landmark publication contain an important collection of artworks and essays that collectively speak to the urgency of the moment as our country grapples with its legacy of brutality towards Black Americans and indifference to Black grief.

This catalogue will undoubtedly stand as an important document and will long be referred to for its acute analysis of contemporary social, cultural and political life in the United States.

Edited by Okwui Enwezor, Naomi Beckwith, Massimiliano Gioni, Glenn Ligon, and Mark Nash

The winner of the 2021 Robert Motherwell #BookAward is "Heritage and Debt: Art in Globalization"(Harvard University Pres...
06/16/2021

The winner of the 2021 Robert Motherwell #BookAward is "Heritage and Debt: Art in Globalization"(Harvard University Press) by David Joselit. The award carries a $10,000 prize for the author.

In "Heritage and Debt: Art in Globalization", David Joselit argues that the creative use of tradition by artists from around the world serves as a means of combating modern art’s legacy of Eurocentrism.

The winner of the 2021 Robert Motherwell #BookAward is "Heritage and Debt: Art in Globalization"(Harvard University Press) by David Joselit. The award carries a $10,000 prize for the author.

In "Heritage and Debt: Art in Globalization", David Joselit argues that the creative use of tradition by artists from around the world serves as a means of combating modern art’s legacy of Eurocentrism.

The 2021 Dedalus Dissertation Fellowship has been awarded to Brian T. Leahy, a Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern Universit...
03/31/2021

The 2021 Dedalus Dissertation Fellowship has been awarded to Brian T. Leahy, a Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University, for his dissertation ""For Immediate Release: Contemporary Art and Exhibition Media in the United States.""

Mr. Leahy’s dissertation investigates the effects of printed exhibition media on art in the United States between the late 1960s and the early 1980s.
Click the link in bio to read more.

Image: Headshot Brian T Leahy, Northwestern University

The 2021 Dedalus Dissertation Fellowship has been awarded to Brian T. Leahy, a Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University, for his dissertation ""For Immediate Release: Contemporary Art and Exhibition Media in the United States.""

Mr. Leahy’s dissertation investigates the effects of printed exhibition media on art in the United States between the late 1960s and the early 1980s.
Click the link in bio to read more.

Image: Headshot Brian T Leahy, Northwestern University

2019-2020 Dedalus Fellow in Conservation, Sarah Montonchaikul, writes about her current project in our new blog post, "D...
10/29/2020

2019-2020 Dedalus Fellow in Conservation, Sarah Montonchaikul, writes about her current project in our new blog post, "Discovering Affinities between Ancient and Contemporary Cultural Heritage Conservation”.

Read more: https://www.dedalusfoundation.org/blog/

Image: View of the excavation area with the child’s coffin highlighted in yellow. Photo: Sarah Montonchaikul, North Abydos Expedition

Following the recommendations of a staff advisory panel, the Dedalus Foundation, in support of initiatives that promote ...
10/08/2020

Following the recommendations of a staff advisory panel, the Dedalus Foundation, in support of initiatives that promote equity and diversity in the arts, has recently awarded $80,000 in unrestricted grants to ten non-profit organizations.

Learn more here: https://www.dedalusfoundation.org/2020-institutional-grants

Image: The LP’s Field Day Festival: Harlem, 2015. The Laundry Room (116th St. & Lenox Avenue).
Photo credit: Ray Llanos; Courtesy of The Laundromat Project

We have been so pleased to hear from some of our former high school scholarship winners and are so proud of the art they...
08/20/2020

We have been so pleased to hear from some of our former high school scholarship winners and are so proud of the art they continue to create.

This week, we’d like to highlight work by 2016 Dedalus High School Scholarship winner, Elizabeth Goncharova, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University School of Art this spring.

Images: Fossils, graphite on paper, 20 x 30 in.

instagram: @lizagoncharova_creative

#Classof2020 #DedalusHSScholarship

To celebrate the hard work of the students who have graduated from college in 2020, the Dedalus Foundation will be highl...
08/13/2020

To celebrate the hard work of the students who have graduated from college in 2020, the Dedalus Foundation will be highlighting work of some of our 2016 High School Scholarship Winners, who are among those graduates, and who have continued their art practice throughout undergraduate years.

This week, we’d like to highlight work by 2016 Dedalus High School Scholarship winner Joelsy Fernandez, who recently graduated from Cooper Union, and was awarded The Vena T. Carroll Award for excellence in art.

Images: Aerial, 2020, Hemp paper, mylar, oil paint on wood; Compose, 2020, Graphite on paper; Compressed into Light, 2020, Mylar, oil paint on birch wood panel; Rice Farm, 2020, Photo print on mylar, foam, acrylic on canvas; Virtual Sediments, 2020, Mylar, oil paint on canvas;

instagram: @joelsyfield

https://www.dedalusfoundation.org/high-school-scholarship-program

#Classof2020 #DedalusHSScholarship

Call for scholars: Submissions are open for the 2020 Dedalus Foundation Graduate Research Essay Prize at the  Smithsonia...
07/02/2020

Call for scholars: Submissions are open for the 2020 Dedalus Foundation Graduate Research Essay Prize at the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. This year, the competition is open to recent PhDs in addition to current graduate students. The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and a one-year subscription to the Archives of American Art Journal, and their essay will be forwarded to the journal’s executive editor for publication consideration.

For eligibility and submission guidelines, please visit: https://www.aaa.si.edu/publications/essay-prize

Learn more about last year's winner here: https://www.dedalusfoundation.org/programs/aaa

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Frederick Hammersley collage, An idea, between 1948 and 1971. Frederick Hammersley papers, circa 1860-2009.

04/21/2020
The Artist Project: Wenda Gu

In April of 1965, Robert Motherwell stopped by a Japanese shop in New York intending to purchase a toy for a friend's child. While he was there he discovered a textured Japanese mulberry paper called “dragon cloud,” which appealed to him so much that he bought a thousand sheets.
In the months that followed, Motherwell set out to create 1,000 drawings, in which he brushed and spattered differently colored inks onto the paper in spontaneous, sweeping gestures. While he worked, he often listed to Alban Berg's Lyric Suite for string quartet.

To commemorate the weeks that Motherwell spent creating the series of drawings that he later titled the "Lyric Suite," we will be sharing a selection of some of the most exciting works from this series.

Click the link below to watch Artist Wenda Gu speak about this series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xziI02yWT3I&feature=youtu.be

Wenda Gu on Robert Motherwell's "Lyric Suite" "It continues to evolve—another shape, another experiment—so there's a kind of life." The Artist Project is an ...

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowships in Painting and Sculpture have been awarded ...
04/14/2020

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowships in Painting and Sculpture have been awarded to Santino Gonzales, Jezabeth Gonzalez, Jessi Ali Lin,
and Valentina Soto.

Each year the Dedalus Foundation awards fellowships to artists who are about to graduate from MFA programs at American colleges, universities, or art schools, as a means of assisting them during the transitional period between being a student and becoming a professional artist.

Each Fellowship carries a $15,000 stipend.

https://www.dedalusfoundation.org/programs/mfa

Now accepting submissions for the 2020 High School Scholarship Program! The Foundation will provide up to 7 fine arts sc...
04/07/2020
The Dedalus Foundation

Now accepting submissions for the 2020 High School Scholarship Program!

The Foundation will provide up to 7 fine arts scholarships of $2,000 each to graduating New York City public high school seniors who intend to further their studies in fine arts or art history at an accredited college, university, or art school.

Apply here -- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeI08OSMKSZYa0Y4Bex6MW3e4jkbflh_a5nkwCc2pl_6qn07A/viewform

The Dedalus Foundation was founded in 1981 by the artist Robert Motherwell to support public understanding and appreciation of the principles of modern art and modernism.

03/31/2020
Vincent Price PSA for Walker Art Center (1985)

"Modern Art doesn't have to be scary..."

Vincent Price, actor and Motherwell collector, with Motherwell prints at the Walker Art Center.

As part of the Walker's 75th anniversary we are releasing a variety of clips from the Walker's archives. In this video, Vincent Price records a PSA for the W...

As part of the preventative measures recommended to contain the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, all upcoming programs at ...
03/12/2020
The Dedalus Foundation

As part of the preventative measures recommended to contain the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, all upcoming programs at the Dedalus Foundation have been cancelled until further notice.

**For those who have RSVP'd to the "Swerve Conversation Series: American Artist + Fred Moten", please note that the event has been rescheduled for 7:00PM Thursday, October 1, 2020. Reservations will open in mid-September. We apologize for the cancellation and hope you will join us in the fall.

https://www.dedalusfoundation.org/exhibition#/Current/48600/press-release

The Dedalus Foundation was founded in 1981 by the artist Robert Motherwell to support public understanding and appreciation of the principles of modern art and modernism.

We are excited to announce that this year's prestigious Senior Fellowships have been awarded to:Annie Bourneuf, for her ...
02/26/2020

We are excited to announce that this year's prestigious Senior Fellowships have been awarded to:

Annie Bourneuf, for her book project "The Angelus Novus and Its Interleaf"

and Harper Montgomery for "From Craft to Concept in Latin America, 1977-1989."

Congratulations to you both!

The Dedalus Foundation’s Senior Fellowship program is intended to encourage and support critical and historical studies related to painting, sculpture and allied arts from 1940-1991, with a preference shown to Abstract Expressionism.

To read more about the fellowship and this year's winners, click here:

https://www.dedalusfoundation.org/grants/senior/2020-annie-bourneuf-harper-montgomery

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2019 Dedalus Foundation Graduate Research Essay Prize at the Smithsonian'...
10/18/2019

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2019 Dedalus Foundation Graduate Research Essay Prize at the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art: Miriam Grotte-Jacobs

The $1000 cash prize recognizes original research by a graduate student that engages with the holdings of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and focuses on studies related to painting, sculpture, and the allied arts from 1940 to the present day.

Congratulations to Miriam Grotte-Jacobs, Johns Hopkins University history of art PhD candidate, and winner of the 2019 Dedalus Foundation Graduate Research Essay Prize at the Archives of American Art! Grotte-Jacobs’s essay, “Centers of Collaboration and the Rise of the Washington Color School,” draws on several of the Archives’ collections, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts Records, the Morris Louis Papers, and the Leon and Ida Fox Berkowitz Papers. For more information about the essay prize, as well as past winners, click here s.si.edu/2uFWXTa

@DedalusFoundation @johnshopkinsuniversity

Artist Curt Clonts spoke lovingly about an early Motherwell painting, 'A Painter' (1944) this morning on KMUW Radio. "It...
10/10/2019
An Artist's Perspective: One Of My Great Loves

Artist Curt Clonts spoke lovingly about an early Motherwell painting, 'A Painter' (1944) this morning on KMUW Radio.

"It is spare, and completely powerful despite its relative frugality. It conveys the horrors of war along with the vulnerabilities of home. It is born of fear and sorrow. And it continues to mark time. These very points are the essence of what makes a painting great."
Read the full transcript by clicking on the link below.

Sometimes it’s essential that I reconnect with one of the great loves of my life. I stole away Sunday to meet her where I always do, at the Wichita Art

The Dedalus Foundation is pleased to announce its first annual Graduate Research Essay Prize, which is offered in conjun...
07/11/2019
Essay Prize | Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

The Dedalus Foundation is pleased to announce its first annual Graduate Research Essay Prize, which is offered in conjunction with the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

This prize recognizes original research by a graduate student that focuses on painting, sculpture, and the allied arts from 1940 to the present day and that engages with the holdings of the Archives of American Art and. The prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and a one-year subscription to the Archives of American Art Journal. In addition, the winning essay will be peer reviewed for possible publication in the Archives of American Art Journal.

Submissions should be sent to [email protected], and will be accepted until September 15, 2019.

For more information about the criteria for submission and how to enter the competition, please visit https://www.aaa.si.edu/publications/essay-prize.

https://www.dedalusfoundation.org/programs/aaa

The Dedalus Foundation Graduate Research Essay Prize at the Archives of American Art recognizes original research by a graduate student that engages with the holdings of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and focuses on studies related to painting, sculpture, and the allied arts from 1940 ...

The 2019 Dedalus Foundation Masters of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture was awarded to Charisse Weston of ...
07/08/2019
The Dedalus Foundation

The 2019 Dedalus Foundation Masters of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture was awarded to Charisse Weston of the University of California, Irvine, and Hiromi Stringer of the University of Texas, San Antonio.
This prestigious fellowship carries a $25,000 stipend.

https://www.dedalusfoundation.org/programs/mfa

Please join us in congratulating the 2019 recipients of our annual Robert Motherwell Book Award, which is given for publ...
06/03/2019

Please join us in congratulating the 2019 recipients of our annual Robert Motherwell Book Award, which is given for publications in the history and criticism of modernism in the arts.

This year the award went to two very different kinds of strikingly original books. Carol Armstrong's 'Cézanne's Gravity' considers the works of a great painter from a complex network of pictorial, historical, and philosophical perspectives. Fabiola López-Durán’s 'Eugenics in the Garden’ sheds fascinating light on the ways in which the spurious science of eugenics underlay the idea of social progress that strongly influenced the ideology of modern architecture.

Each author will receive a prize of $10,000.

https://www.dedalusfoundation.org/programs/book_award

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01/17/2019

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Congratulations to David Getsy, our 2019 Senior Fellow! His book “Queer Behavior: Scott Burton’s Postminimalism and Perf...
01/07/2019

Congratulations to David Getsy, our 2019 Senior Fellow!

His book “Queer Behavior: Scott Burton’s Postminimalism and Performance in the 1970s” examines the relationship between performance art and public art in the work of artist-critic Scott Burton.

http://www.dedalusfoundation.org/programs/senior

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Thank you Voices in Contemporary Art for writing about our most recent panel discussion 'Take A Deep Breath: A Case Stud...
08/08/2018
Voices in Contemporary Art

Thank you Voices in Contemporary Art for writing about our most recent panel discussion 'Take A Deep Breath: A Case Study of Authenticity in Installation Art', which explored the ethical limits of preserving authenticity in the exhibition of conceptual art and considerations for its display.

Need some weekend reading material? In our most recent post to the VoCA Blog, contributing writer Joy Bloser reports on a panel discussion hosted by the Dedalus Foundation that explored the ethical limits of preserving authenticity in the exhibition of conceptual art and considerations for its display. Check it out!

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