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The Rothko Book (Essential Artists series) Paperback – Illustrated, 19 Dec 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing; annotated edition edition (19 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854375733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854375735
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ESSENTIAL ARTISTS
THE ROTHKO BOOK
Mark Rothko was one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century. His mature paintings, composed of luminous, soft-edged rectangles that appear to hover or float above the canvas, are among the most enduring and mysterious created by an artist in modern times. However, it took Rothko three decades to arrive at the signature style that would bring him world renown. The Rothko Book explores his artistic development, the evolution of his .artistic philosophy and the importance of his relationships with other artists of his generation, making this the most thorough and engaging exploration of his career yet published.

About the Author

Bonnie Clearwater is Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami. Her previous publications include Defining the Nineties: Concensus Making in New York, Miami and Los Angeles and Mark Rothko.

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2011
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For many people, Mark Rothko (1903-1970) is a complete puzzle, a waste of space and canvas (usually on a large scale) and a prime example of all that is bad about modern art.
To me, he is a painter I love, a painter who explored colours in ways no-one else has, who used oils (and a host of other, often secret materials) in new ways and explored the edges of colours with subtle, dynamic energy. I have always felt it a great pity that many people's experience of Rothko is that dark series of paintings, reverentially lit in that secluded room in Tate Modern, paintings done when (I suspect) he was in a sustained bad mood, angry at the world in general. There is an other Mark Rothko before these Seagram Murals and the Huston Chapel blacks and greys and Bonnie Cleawater found him.
From the old, scratched black-and-white picture of Rothko posing akwardly before a canvas unable to look directly into the camera, in this well-illustrated, colourful and substantial text, its unusual cover a modern homage to an old dust-cover, she charts his development and influences as a painter. In it, those new to Rothko will discover another painter altogether, one whose palette could be very bright indeed and whose paintings were most often on a human scale which did not overwhelm. It has an interesting chapter from Mary Bustin on his painting techniques and some writings of Rothko himself (written between 1933-1970).

Highly recommened

Also recommended:

Jacob BAAL-TESHUVA, "Rothko" (2003 - Taschen Basic Art) - a smaller, quite successful look at Rothko

Mark ROTHKO, "The Artist's Reality: Philosophies of Art" [2006 - Yale University Paperback] His own book written in the 1940s and published by his son.
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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Beyond Brilliant 8 Jan. 2008
By Diana Jaffe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Beyond Brilliant. The Rothko Book: Tate Essential Artist Series is the most succinct exploration of the soul and embodiment of a true artist. Nothing I studied getting my MFA gave me the same profundity of an artist's journey into the creation of a new visual language. The struggles, investigations, successes and failures of the thought process as well as the physical prowess it takes to bring the vision of the artist to the appreciator of the art. Bravo to Bonnie Clearwater
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great for Research 8 Nov. 2009
By Katherine Jolliff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wrote a 20 page research paper on Rothko and this book was an excellent resource. Each essay approached different ways to see and understand Rothko's art and technique. Fantastic images.
This book made me a fan. 2 April 2014
By customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Was not that informed on Rothko and this book captured me. There is a lot of clear information and it left me hungry for more. He was heroic in his vision. I like the amount of information presented about his influences and interactions with fellow artists. I learned of Helen Frankenthaler from a mention in this book and immediately ordered an exciting book of her small scale paintings. I want to see Rothko's paintings. Live near S.F. and I am sure our MOMA has at least a couple of his works (will look that up) but the museum is closed for a complete renovation - it will be awhile. Will continue to enjoy book for some time.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Luminous 24 Dec. 2011
By toronto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a really good book. Clearwater is an expert on Rothko and it shows. Also, the reproductions are excellent. I was a little disappointed in the Tate "Turner Book", but this one is superlative.
10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Color plates more exciting than the text 8 Aug. 2007
By Ben K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Interesting historical material in the early part of the book. Lapses unduly into artspeak when discussing the later classical Rothko paintings.
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