Blog Mark Rothko: Toward Clarity

Mark Rothko: Toward Clarity

Posted May 26, 2019, 9:59 a.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground

Mark Rothko: Toward Clarity

Yale University Press

 

Let’s start with words from the man himself – words that would have lead to choosing the title of the book:

“The progression of a painter’s work…will be toward clarity; toward the elimination of all obstacles between the painter and the idea, and between the idea and the observer…to achieve this clarity is, inevitably, to be understood.” –Mark Rothko

The story of one of the most acclaimed painters of the modern ages is one of evolution – evolution towards reduction; towards the essence; towards the essentials.

If you have ever gained access to one of Rothko’s emission in the third dimension, you would be able to attest to the immense power that lies within his art.

Personally, I developed an appreciation for Mark Rothko as he channels his alchemy based not only at pushing boundaries but to erase them.

Transcendence in its essence.

Merging art and life to an organic whole.

Rothko’s believes in the power of concepts and the beauty of their purity, with any further ornamentation or dilution.

Toward Clarity examines Rothko’s oeuvre in the context of modern Western art, which has had an immense influence on his paintings. His interests are shed light on and it is remarkable to see how his travels and keen interests in art and history influenced what eventually materialized on his canvases.

With the unique angle his art is approached, the book made me revisit Rothko’s paintings and added an additional dimension to a body of work that certainly does not lack facets even at face value.

One gains a deeper understanding and appreciation of his techniques and the underlying ideas that not only informed some of his artwork, but ones he was actively signifying.

The tome is rounded out by the inclusion of Mark Rothko’s essays, the voice of which lends weight and currency to the elaborations of the contributing art historians and critics.

An ode to one of the most influential expressionist painters and a feast for the eyes.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Life – The Show

Posted by T
Jan. 18, 2020, 8:56 a.m.

Life – The Show Spiegeltent Sydney, Australia January 9, 2020 Given that the creative entity that is Strut & Fret is known for assembling superbly talented performers for their productions ... read more

Mclusky @ Oxford Art Factory

Posted by T
Jan. 16, 2020, 10:11 p.m.

Mclusky Oxford Art Factory Sydney, Australia January 12, 2020   Mclusky…rings a bell, huh? I remembered that they were one of the better bands in the 1990s that emerged out ... read more

Gotta Get Theroux This book review

Posted by T
Jan. 13, 2020, 6:19 p.m.

Gotta Get Theroux This Louis Theroux Macmillan   Louis Theroux and his documentaries are known the world over due to two things: Theroux’s idiosyncratic, self-deprecating approach to journalism and unique ... read more

Double Delicious @ Carriageworks

Posted by T
Jan. 12, 2020, 9:15 a.m.

Double Delicious Carriageworks Sydney, Australia January 8. 2020 Food and the need to eat is universal and a common denominator. As Maya Angelou put it so eloquently, the exercise of ... read more

The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design

Posted by T
Jan. 11, 2020, 8:50 a.m.

The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design, 1930–1995 Yale University Press Huh, the phenomenon of ubiquitous pop art! A topic that has not exactly suffered from a lack ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.