Friday, May 16, 2008
30 Small Works
Gettys Art Center
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Openings June 19 and July 17, 2008
"Ripple" mixed media and encaustic 12" x 12" 2007
"Vital" mixed media and encaustic 12" x 12" 2007
Monday, May 12, 2008
My son is becoming quite the photographer
Mark Rothko Retrospective
This was a wonderful exhibition curated by Oliver Wick who was also responsible for the last Rothko retrospective in Basel. More than 70 oil paintings and 40 works on paper were respresented from all phases of his career. It was especially interesting for me to witness my 5 year old son wearing a bright red coat and the only child in a jam packed gallery amongst the other viewers all in black winding his way through to reach a perfect two feet in front of huge canvases to get the full impact of Rothko's work. He felt this work without a doubt and left the show asking for a large canvas for himself. My work was done.
In a September 25, 1954 letter to Katharine Kuh, Rothko wrote that:
Rothko would also note on another occasion that "historically the function of painting large pictures is painting something very grandiose and pompous," but the reason he painted large pictures was "precisely" because he wanted to be "very intimate and human."
Mark Rothko, Portrait 1939