Thursday, April 19, 2007

First Rothko Retrospective Exhibition in Israel on view at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art through June 30, 2007

Mark Rothko born Marcus Rothkowitz (September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970) was a Latvian-born American painter and printmaker who is classified as an abstract expressionist, although he rejected not only the label but even being an abstract painter.

This exhibition culminates in a grouping of paintings from Rothko’s renowned classic period, and the dark paintings of his late years. While the, large scale of the monumental proportions of Rothko’s classic paintings were conceived by the artist as a means to allow the viewer to connect to the canvas as if it were a living entity. Rothko also believed that his paintings could express emotions associated with major themes such as tragedy, ecstasy, and the sublime without symbolic imagery. (more...)

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