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Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out

Christopher Rothko



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Yale University
15 October 2018
Art & Architecture; Art & design styles: Abstract Expressionism; Painting & paintings; Individual artists, art monographs
The journey to understand the painting is also the journey to understand Rothko, because the work is so thoroughly suffused with the man. -Christopher Rothko

Mark Rothko (1903-1970), world-renowned icon of Abstract Expressionism, is rediscovered in this wholly original examination of his art and life written by his son. Synthesizing rigorous critique with personal anecdotes, Christopher, the younger of the artist's two children, offers a unique perspective on this modern master.

Christopher Rothko draws on an intimate knowledge of the artworks to present eighteen essays that look closely at the paintings and explore the ways in which they foster a profound connection between viewer and artist through form, color, and scale. The prominent commissions for the Rothko Chapel in Houston and the Seagram Building murals in New York receive extended treatment, as do many of the lesser-known and underappreciated aspects of Rothko's oeuvre, including reassessments of his late dark canvases and his formidable body of works on paper. The author also discusses the artist's writings of the 1930s and 1940s, the significance of music to the artist, and our enduring struggles with visual abstraction in the contemporary era. Finally, Christopher Rothko writes movingly about his role as the artist's son, his commonalities with his father, and the terms of the relationship they forged during the writer's childhood.

Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out is a thoughtful reexamination of the legendary artist, serving as a passionate introduction for readers new to his work and offering a fresh perspective to those who know it well.
By:   Christopher Rothko
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   612g
ISBN:   9780300238419
ISBN 10:   030023841X
Pages:   328
Publication Date:   15 October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Christopher Rothko, a writer and psychologist, chairs the Board of Directors of the Rothko Chapel, Houston, and is actively involved in managing the Rothko legacy by organizing and presenting exhibitions of his father's work around the globe.

Reviews for Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out

Not since Jean Renoir's biography, 'Renoir, My Father,' have we been granted such a personal, impassioned and engaging familial portrait of an artist. Combining memoir, biography, art treatise, criticism and psychology, Mr. Rothko addresses myriad aspects of his father's life and work, and especially people's misinterpretations. This book is as important for its insights into Mark Rothko as it is for its fervent argument that an artist's art comes first and must speak for itself. -Lance Esplund, Wall Street Journal (Holiday Gift Book selection) The book is a fluid, intriguing reference piece and effortlessly points out where interpretations of the art world get it wrong. -Scene Point Black

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