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Rothko remembrance

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 16, 2008

Mark Rothko's daughter Kate remembers her father nearly 40 years after his death.

Rothko may have been depressed at the end of his life, he may not have been as clear as he should have been when it came to writing a will; but with regard to his work, and where it might end up, he had long held strong views. While selling to private individuals from his studio, he would scrutinise their reactions to paintings; they had to pass a test they did not know they were taking. If they failed, they went home empty-handed, irrespective of the size of their wallets. Lighting, on which wall of a gallery a painting might hang; these things obsessed him.

I saw Rothko's Seagram Murals at the Tate Modern in May.

Mark Rothko's Seagram murals were to hang

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 31, 2006

Mark Rothko's Seagram murals were to hang in the then-new Four Seasons restaurant in NYC. How did they come to hang instead in the Tate Modern in London?