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on 26 April 2011
This 204 page book by Marjorie B. Cohn and published by Hatje Cantz in 2005 is as illustrated at the top of the page. However if you highlight the softback options you will see that a different book is shown - a 376 page work by Jeffrey Weiss for Yale University Press, which seems first to have been published in 1998 - check the full softback entry for this at no.5 on the Mark Rothko listings.

The reader's reviews on both books are virtually identical and since they date back to 1998/1999, it seems a fair assumption that they refer to the Weiss book and should not therefore be confused with this later work.

Certainly having just taken delivery of the Cohn book, I would strongly disagree with anyone who criticised the quality of the colour reproductions as they are quite superb. Overall it's a very fine book with a generous helping of Rothko's pictures in colour and some useful commentary.The large format is especially welcome as with Rothko, obviously it's a case of the bigger the better. Excellent value for money.
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on 11 January 1999
A thick, beautiful looking coffee table book, but if you seek an approximation of Rothko's work, you won't find it here. Rothko's work was full of vibrancy and beauty, but this book offers flat, lifeless reproductions. The blacks are not black and shadow details do not exist. The colors are often so far from the originals that you must use the artist's titles for clues as to what the actual colors were.
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on 29 November 1998
This book contains many of Rothko's early, later, and intermediate works making it easy for the reader to see the trasitions that he made. The beautiful reproductions in this book are almost as good as visiting the actual museums. I could practically feel his power eminating from the pages. His life story could have been better told, but the dramatic reproductions more than make up for the less than perfect prose. I highly recommend this book not only for Rothko enthusiastics like me but also for all art lovers in general. Whether you understand, pretend to, or blatantly dislike his works this is a book that should not be missed.
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on 24 November 2013
What a wonderful book. I espesially liked that each picture hat its own page without any text. (the text was on the previous page). The pages about Rothkos attitude towards colors were very interesting!
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on 28 March 1999
The show was overwhelming. If you get Rothko, get the book. If you don't, try harder. He was ahead of his time and the greatest artist of our time. Sit in front of an original Rothko for an hour (even better with your glasses off and a buzz on) and listen with your soul.
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on 7 December 1998
This book is a beautiful retrospective with diverse commentary and succinct history. It's a treasure to own.
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on 24 November 1998
i haven't read any of the reviews on this book. i bought because i believe it, along with Jeffrey Weiss's book (of the Rothko exhibition) is the first attempt, not only to catolog, but to denote the influences affecting Mark Rothko, who like Frank Lloyd Wright stands out yet typifies the age
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