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Moving Moments

Photo: Susan Cole

Moving Moments


Mark Tobey

born Centerville, Wisconsin, 1890; died Basel, Switzerland, 1976

Oil on canvas
62 × 38 in. (157.5 × 96.5 cm)
Gift of the Marshall and Helen Hatch Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Provenance: The artist to [Galerie Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland] by December 1970; to [Willard Gallery, New York], by October 1971; purchased by Marshall and Helen Hatch, Seattle, January 7, 1972
Photo: Susan Cole
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryBasel, Switzerland, Galerie Beyeler, Tobey: Exhibition on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday, Dec.1970-Feb.1971. Cat. no. 87, reproduced.

New York, Willard Gallery, Mark Tobey: Paintings, 1969-1970, Oct. 26-Nov. 27, 1971. {No cat. or checklist?}

Washington, D.C., National Collection of Fine Arts, Tribute to Mark Tobey, June 7-Sept.8, 1974 (traveled in reduced form to Seattle Art Museum, Modern Art Pavilion, Seattle Center, Sept. 27-Nov.10, 1984). Introduction by Joshua Taylor. Cat. no. 66, reproduced.

Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Modern Art Pavilion, Seattle Center, Mark Tobey Memorial Exhibition, July 22-Sept. 12, 1976 {No checklist?}.

Boston, Massachusetts, Institute of Contemporary Art, Northwest Visionaries: Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, Leo Kenney, July 7-September 6, 1981. No cat. no., not reproduced.

Osaka, Japan, The National Museum of Art, Pacific Northwest Artists and Japan, Oct. 2-Nov. 28, 1982. Cat. no. 140, reproduced [erroneously catalogued as oil on paper].

Seattle, Washington, Henry Art Gallery, Art in America: Washington Collection, Spiritualism in Northwest Art, July 22-Aug. 29, 1982 {no catalogue or checklist?}.

Madrid, Spain, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Mark Tobey, Nov. 11, 197 - Jan. 12, 1998.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, SAM at 75: Building a Collection for Seattle, May 5-Sept. 9, 2007. No checklist.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical, June 19 - Sept. 7, 2014. Text by Patricia Junker. No cat. no., reproduced p. 5, pl. 2.

Andover, Massachusetts, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Mark Tobey: Threading Light, Nov. 4, 2017 - Mar. 11, 2018 (Venice, Italy, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, May 6 - Sept. 17, 2017). Text by Debra Bricker Balken. No. cat. no, reproduced pp. 155, 199.

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