Rothko's Rooms: The Life and Works of an American Artist

Rothko's Rooms: The Life and Works of an American Artist

Director: David Thompson

Cast: David Thompson, Dilly Barlow, Mark Rothko

     
 
Like fellow American artist Jackson Pollock, painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970) built his reputation during the immediate post-WWII years for his broadly-scaled abstract paintings. Rothko's chief goal lay in using the artworks, with their layered shapes, colors and textures, to elicit a spectrum of raw human emotions - from fear to anger to ecstasy to melancholia, and

Overview

Like fellow American artist Jackson Pollock, painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970) built his reputation during the immediate post-WWII years for his broadly-scaled abstract paintings. Rothko's chief goal lay in using the artworks, with their layered shapes, colors and textures, to elicit a spectrum of raw human emotions - from fear to anger to ecstasy to melancholia, and everything in-between. Ontologically, he sought complete envelopment of the spectator in the aesthetic tableaux at hand. This transcontinentally-produced 2000 documentary relays the chronological tale of Rothko's life as it discusses the gradual development of his artistry over the passage of time; it uses as a thematic touchstone the fact that one of Rothko's ongoing quests involved the pursuit of the perfect "space" in which to showcase his artwork (hence the "rooms" of the title). Interviews with the artist's son and daughter, Christopher and Kate, are featured, in addition to discussions with Rothko's close friends, acquaintances and colleagues in the art world, and a host of art historians. The late architect Philip Johnson is one of the interviewees.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
UPC:
0032031440593
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kultur Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:00:00
Sales rank:
34,609

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Disc #1 -- Rothko's Rooms: The Life and Works of an American Artist
1. Introduction [1:45]
2. The Experience of a Rothko Painting [5:15]
3. Early Years [4:01]
4. The Transition to Abstraction [2:27]
5. The Emotional Content [2:25]
6. Abstract Expressionists [3:52]
7. The Urban Landscape [3:11]
8. Rothko's Studio [4:27]
9. The Seagram Murals [9:19]
10. The Phillips Collection [1:55]
11. The Rothko Chapel in Houston [4:03]
12. The Tate Gallery in London [6:23]
13. The Death of Rothko [3:23]
14. Final Works [2:42]
15. The Rothko Room [2:55]
16. Credits [:54]

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