"Rothko's Rooms" @ Cotuit Center for the Arts
When: Wed Apr 24th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Cotuit Center for the Arts | 4404 Falmouth Road | Cotuit
On April 24, “Rothko’s Rooms” will be screened. In the late 1940s and ‘50s, Mark Rothko (1903-70) was one of the leading American artists who created wall-scale abstract paintings that filled the viewer’s field of vision and became a form of environment. Rothko spoke of wanting the spectator to feel inside the pictorial space, enveloped in his canvases’ colour and apparitional surfaces. Together with painters such as Barnett Newman and Clyfford Still, he wanted to express a sense of the sublime. Filmed on both sides of the Atlantic, this documentary chronicles Rothko’s personal life and charts the development of his work. There are penetrating contributions from his daughter, Kate, and his son, Christopher, and comments from a wide range of friends, artists, art historians, collectors and curators. The focus is on Rothko’s demands for the perfect setting for the showing of his work, an ideal he pursued throughout his life, typified by the story of his iconic Seagram murals, nine of which now hang in a dedicated room at London’s newly-opened Tate Modern. One of the murals commissioners, architect Philip Johnson, is among those who explain why Rothko refused to allow these works to hang in their intended venue, the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant in New York.