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The Mr. Rothko I knew
on October 24, 2010
I was a student of Mark Rothko at Brooklyn College and it was "Mr. Rothko" who showed me the wonder of creating art.
To me he was kind, generous, and eager for students to understand his very abstract perceptions of painting. Few students did and he had to continuously overcome human hurdles in teaching and in the art world in general.
The film is very well done and I enjoyed seeing the many people speaking about Rothko the artist, parent, and the troubled man, but while it is excellent and I recommend it for all to see, it did not convey how his profound inner life had to reconcile with those around him, those who did not fully understand what he was trying to achieve. and what he must have suffered inwardly as a lone artistic pioneer. But that is the fate of creative souls. Only after his passing did people realize what a treasure they knew and could have appreciated more while he was alive.
To me Mr. Rothko was always fatherly. He listened to me and took an interest in my work, even though I was a naive girl from Brooklyn. He listened because I appreciated what he had to say. How many in the art world - gallery owners, and fellow painters -- were really interested then in his esoteric ideas of color, shape, and space and how these artistic elements convey the profound forces of nature in our physical world.
Roberta Carasso, Ph.D.