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About the Author

Lee Seldes, a former writer for Newsweek, Barron's, The Village Voice, and Esquire, and the only journalist to cover the entire Rothko trial, has substantially updated her definitive account to examine: the recent lives of key participants, including Frank Lloyd's criminal conviction; the ways in which the highly publicized trial over Andy Warhol's estate echoed the Rothko verdict; and the fate of the paintings for which Rothko lived—and died.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Updated edition (August 22, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306807254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306807251
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Karl Dettmer on June 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
In this interesting and enlightening book, Lee Seldes takes us into a world few of us will ever know. Most of us go to museums and enjoy the works, but we never think of the wheeling and dealing behind it. Seldes first shows us the troubled artist, then shows how greedy individuals will do whatever they need to to scam, lie and steal to increase their bank accounts and inflate the prices of the works they own. We see how Kate Rothko, still in school, must fight multi millionaire art dealers and powerful galleries to get what is rightfully hers, and to see that her father's legacy is presented and perserved the way he wanted it to be. If you're a lover of modern art, the works of Mark Rothko or even to a degree a fan of mystery stories, you'll enjoy this book and continue thinking about it long after you've finished reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By disco75 on November 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
This compelling tale reflects nearly unbelievable hubris, chicanery, and recklessness in the art world that would make a terrific film if it weren't such a sad legacy for the Rothko family.

In the first half of the book Seldes details the tragic elements of Rothko's choices in her fine biography of the artist that is far more succinct than Breslin's tome, then in the second half plays out how his drunken actions were exploited fearlessly after his death. It contains an amazing array of international money-laundering and false corp shenanigans, jet-setting ex-pats, elegant museum and law-world figures, and bruised-ego academics, all at work during a trial of Bleak House proportions.

It's true that in the trial chapters the thousands of pages of evidence sometimes threaten to overwhelm the book, what with the Rothko Foundation board and their witnesses, the gallery players and their witnesses, the expert testifiers, the lawyers and their investigators, the family and their legal reps, etc. But the forward-moving narrative is brisk enough to overcome these reporting challenges. The author shows skill for leaving a reader agog at not only the greed of the handlers but the single-minded though talented egotism of the artist that were both key components of this tragedy.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
Ms. Seldes has produced a superb book! This is a must read for anyone interested in Mark Rothko, the Matter of Rothko, or the ugly commercial world of art. While her writings on the lawsuits and the cast of characters are somewhat confusing, it's hard to blame the author because the subject matter itself was confusing! The book was almost hard to believe that it was non-fiction! It had all the intrigue of Swiss banks, Concorde jetsetters, the New York art scene, and tax havens like Bahamas and Lichtenstein -- and it all really happened! I congratulate Ms. Seldes on a very strong effort!
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By frog on October 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
book was in great condition and arrived quickly.
I am pleased with the process of ordering.
I read the biography 30 years ago, and
wanted to revisit the study of a master
painter and his experience in the
high stakes art world, with the manipulation
of his paintings that caused the loss of his
benefiting from his legacy.
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