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Rothko's multiform and abstract expressionist paintings make him one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Gathering all of the artist's writings held in public collections as well as texts in Rothko's descendants' hands, this book brings to light many of his theoretical stances, practical considerations and personal revelations. Arranged chronologically from 1934, the year after his first solo show, to 1969, the year before his suicide, the approximately 100 texts consist of letters to curators and to artists like Barnett Newman, Herbert Ferber and Robert Motherwell; notes about his approach to the teaching of art; and writings that explore art as a means of communication. Editor López-Remiro's introduction contextualizes the writings and doubles as a handy chronology of Rothko's life and career. As he notes, these texts by the renowned abstract expressionist "form a sort of intellectual and emotional self-portrait of Mark Rothko." This book will change the way Rothko is understood and should be required reading for scholars of his era.
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Writings on Art brings Rothko’s genius into full and more personal light.”—Lance Esplund, New York Sun

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"Gathering all of the artist's writings held in public collections as well as texts in Rothko's descendants' hands, this book brings to light many of his theoretical stances, practical considerations and personal revelations. . . . This book will change the way Rothko is understood and should be required reading for scholars of his era."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; annotated edition edition (April 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300114400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300114409
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mark Rothko created some of the more spiritually radiant paintings of any artist form any ear. That his paintings were abstractions - blocks of color conjoined by a marriage of midline intercourse of pigment - makes this accomplishment something that still befuddles art critics and historians and viewers alike. Here at last, some thirty-six years after his death by suicide, editor Miguel Lopez-Remiro has gathered notes from his addresses to Pratt Institute, letters to artists and friends and curators and writers, proving that Rothko was not the silent warden of explanations about his work: he was an eloquent spokesman and writer who simply felt that words were unnecessary in people's experience of his visual statements.

He wrote, 'I have never thought that painting a picture has anything to so with self-expression. It is a communication about the world to someone else. After the world is convinced about this communication it changes. The world was never the same after Picasso or Miro. Theirs was a view of the world which transformed our vision of things.' Kind accolades from a man once thought to be a recluse. In response to art critics' questions he merely state 'A painting doesn't need anybody to explain what it is about. If it is any good, it speaks for itself.'

Rothko's writings collected in this book demonstrate that he did indeed have the ability to discuss his mysteriously beautiful works: he also makes it clear that the communication between his paintings and the viewer should relay on the spiritual needs and vulnerabilities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Peterson on November 1, 2010
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I am a collector of photography - primarily vancouver-based artists - but rothko's life and work has recently become a fascinating peripheral subject, by tangential association. This book provided exactly what I was looking for: a raw, uncut glimpse of a necessarily complex artist. For anyone studying Rothko this is a definite must-read.
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By NC 28 on May 7, 2015
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...Enjoyed very much receiving it . And after starting to read it, it opened up my
vision on Rothko's art and his valuable knowledge.
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By guthrie mac on March 2, 2015
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