While the collected writings of many major 20th-century artists, including Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell, and Ad Reinhardt, have been published, Mark Rothko’s writings have only recently come to light, beginning with the critically acclaimed The Artist’s Reality: Philosophies of Art. Rothko’s other written works have yet to be brought together into a major publication.While the collected writings of many major 20th-century artists, including Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell, and Ad Reinhardt, have been published, Mark Rothko’s writings have only recently come to light, beginning with the critically acclaimed The Artist’s Reality: Philosophies of Art. Rothko’s other written works have yet to be brought together into a major publication. Writings on Art fills this significant void; it includes some 90 documents—including short essays, letters, statements, and lectures—written by Rothko over the course of his career. The texts are fully annotated, and a chronology of the artist’s life and work is also included. This provocative compilation of both published and unpublished writings from 1934--69 reveals a number of things about Rothko: the importance of writing for an artist who many believed had renounced the written word; the meaning of transmission and transition that he experienced as an art teacher at the Brooklyn Jewish Center Academy; his deep concern for meditation and spirituality; and his private relationships with contemporary artists (including Newman, Motherwell, and Clyfford Still) as well as journalists and curators. As was revealed in Rothko’s The Artist’s Reality, what emerges from this collection is a more detailed picture of a sophisticated, deeply knowledgeable, and philosophical artist who was also a passionate and articulate writer. ...
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Writings on Art Reviews
Rothko was so disinclined to write about his work that there is some necessary filler/ephemera in here. I glossed over many letters about weather, construction, buying cars, etc., even if they were to Barnett Newman. That said, the good stuff in here is great & worth its weight in saffron. His early notes about teaching art to children, which he did from 1929-1952, reveal enormous insights into his influences & his process. Another highlight is his speech to Yale in earning an honorary degree, a presentation that outlined his 7 points for what art should be. Rothko is always depicted as hostile but this lecture is an enormous act of generosity. An essay by a writer from Harpers, who was befriended by Rothko on a boat specifically b/c he had to relationship w/the art world--this is a wonderful portrait. Unlike critics, the author cones to know Rothko's work as an extension of the man. For someone so adverse to describing himself, Rothko was infinitely quotable. A line like "I've been painting Greek temples all my life & never knew it" is as provocative as it is haunting.
2.5 starsSome of the selected texts were very insightful, but most fell flat to me.I did enjoy Rothko's way of talking about his influences and inspirations.
Rothko's art is captivating and I wanted to get more insight into the way he thought. This book should do that, but I found it very dense. It's a challenging book, I didn't like reading it and I didn't feel I got a lot out of it for the effort. Sometimes those are the books you have to turn around in your mind a bit, go back, reread, and eventually synthesize. I hope that happens with that book. I wouldn't recommend it to someone trying to understand Rothko yet, but perhaps in a few months.
"preferisco essere prodigo piuttosto che avaro, al punto che preferirei conferire attributi antropomorfi a una pietra piuttosto che disumanizzare la più esigua possibilità di coscienza"
very inspirational stuff. every pre-school teacher should read this.
Altamente inspiraciónal para cualquier artista.
Nor could the solitude be overcome. It could gather on beaches and streets and in parks only through coincidence-Rothko
This book is very useful in understanding Rothko's ideas about his own work. anyone who enjoys his work should take a look at this one.