An Open Window
Window Shade Collages by Robert Moskowitz
While living in London in late 1959, Robert Moskowitz noticed a large window shade covering the skylight of his studio. The artist removed it from the window, cut a piece of the shade and affixed it to a canvas with rabbit skin glue. He recalled, “I thought it had a lot of character and history….It had weathered fifty or sixty years. I wanted to show that in someway.” Upon returning to New York, Moskowitz continued to incorporate shades into his works, producing about thirty-five window shade paintings between 1960 and 1962. The series marked a turning point in his career, and Moskowitz was invited to participate in The Art of Assemblage exhibition at the Museum on Modern Art in 1962. Leo Castelli also featured several of his works in an exhibition the same year. Moskowitz reflected on the experience, “I remember seeing my window shades in the back room next to a Pollock, which was really exciting….I remember walking into the unemployment office and saying it was okay, that I no longer needed their money.”
The present lot is an early iteration from the series and features the original, artist's frame.