Rothko

Rothko

by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Mark Rothko
     
 

A leading figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement, Mark Rothko (1903-1970) is widely seen as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. His paintings are famous for the intense, emotional responses they elicit from viewers. Shortly before his death, Rothko donated nine large-scale works to Tate on the condition that they would always hang together in

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A leading figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement, Mark Rothko (1903-1970) is widely seen as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. His paintings are famous for the intense, emotional responses they elicit from viewers. Shortly before his death, Rothko donated nine large-scale works to Tate on the condition that they would always hang together in their own space, separate from the work of other artists. This is how the Rothko Room, one of the highlights of Tate's collection, was born. These paintings form part of a larger series known as The Seagram Murals, which were originally intended for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York, a commission from which Rothko famously withdrew. Now, in this landmark reassessment, The Seagram Murals are reunited and cast in a new light by leading international critics including Bryony Fer, David Anfam, and Morgan Thomas. With revealing new research, this groundbreaking book challenges the mythology surrounding Rothko and his work.

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Library Journal

This catalog of a 2008-09 exhibition at the Tate Modern, London, and the Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Japan, focuses on abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko's Seagram Murals, now reunited in this exhibition. It features refreshingly accessible essays by Tate staffers and European scholars on, e.g., new information about Rothko's working methods learned in the conservation work done for the exhibition. Rothko's late work was frequently done in series, with site-specific intentions (his gift to the Tate of part of the Seagram series just before his suicide required displaying the works together, separate from works by other artists), and the murals intended for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York's Seagram Building are the summation of much of his late intention. With 130 excellent full-color illustrations of works by an artist notoriously difficult to appreciate in reproduction, this exemplary book, featuring a vast bibliography, is recommended for all collections.
—Jack Perry Brown

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781854377883
Publisher:
Tate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Achim Borchardt-Hume is curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Tate Modern in London.

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