Friday, December 9, 2011

Art Attack: Rothko

"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."-Rothko
Mark Rothko, a Russian born American abstract expressionist painter. His works pays close attention to color, form and balance. Here are few of my favorites. They are serene and seem to envelope you. Almost meant to overwhelm you. Rothko even suggested viewers stand 18 inches away from the paintings (oil on canvas) in order to fully experience the awe and intimacy. The prints below are posters in the "multiform" style. There was a transformation for abstract expressionists that had elements of spiritualism. This climaxed with Rothko's Chapel pictured below. It is a non-denominational chapel in Houston, TX. I would love to visit the sanctuary. It was one of the first ecumenical centers. It is open to all religions, yet belongs to none.
You can purchase a wide range Rothko prints here. They are wonderful additions in any household since there is such a vast spectrum of color combinations. Furthermore, they are wonderful conversation starters.
And, if you're really interested by such a fascinating, intellectual artist, read this article or this book.

Possibly my favorite.

Great Reads
2. Rothko

Top photo via here
Prints via here
Bottom photo via here

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