Contemporary Art

Mark Rothko

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Mark Rothko 1903 - 1970    2007/04/27 11:45



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Mark Rothko in his West 53rd Street

studio, c. 1953, photograph by Henry

Elkan, courtesy Archives of

American Art, Smithsonian Institution,

Rudi Blesh Papers.
One of the preeminent artists of his

generation, Mark Rothko is closely

identified with the New York School,

a circle of painters that emerged

during the 1940s as a new

collective voice in American art.


During a career that spanned

five decades, he created a new

and impassioned form of

abstract painting.  

Rothko's work is characterized

by rigorous attention to formal

elements such as color, shape,

balance, depth, composition, and

scale; yet, he refused to consider

his paintings solely in these terms. 





        "It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted.

               This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing."





        Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea. 1944. Oil on canvas




Rothko largely abandoned conventional titles in 1947, sometimes resorting to numbers or

colors in order to distinguish one work from another. The artist also now resisted explaining

the meaning of his work. "Silence is so accurate," he said, fearing that words would only

paralyze the viewer's mind and imagination.  By this time, Rothko had virtually eliminated

all elements of surrealism or mythic imagery from his works, and nonobjective compositions

of indeterminate shapes emerged.




Untitled. (1945-46). Watercolor and ink on paper





                                                                      Sacrifice, April 1946. Watercolor, gouache, and india

                                                                                                         ink on paper





Untitled (# 17), 1947. Oil on canvas





                                                                                     Untitled (Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red), 1949.

                                                                                    Oil on canvas



Rothko's work began to darken dramatically during the late 1950s. This development is related

to his work on a mural commission for the Four Seasons restaurant, located in the Seagram

Building in New York City. Here Rothko turned to a palette of red, maroon, brown, and black.

The artist eventually withdrew from this project, due to misgivings about the restaurant as a

proper setting for his work. He had, however, already produced a number of studies and finished

canvases, two of which are included in the present installation. In the Seagram panels, Rothko

changed his motif from a closed to an open form, suggesting a threshold or portal. This element

may have been related to the architectural setting for which these works were intended.




Green and Maroon, 1953, Oil on canvas






                                                  Untitled, 1968, Oil on canvas





                          Untitled (Black on Grey), 1969/1970. Acrylic on canvas,






Figure Composition with Grid, Drawing






                                    Untitled, 1944/1945, Drawing













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