Archibald Motley

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
November 14, 2013 – May 11, 2014

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, the first retrospective of the American artist’s paintings in two decades, will originate at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University on Jan 30, 2014, before embarking on a national tour.

Despite the broad appeal of his paintings, Motley is one of the least visible 20th-century artists. Many of his most important portraits and cultural scenes remain in private collections; few museums have had the opportunity to acquire his work. With a survey that spans 40 years, Archibald Motley introduces his canvases of riotous color to wider audiences and reveals his continued impact on art history.