November 2, 2014

THAT FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE...:

How Rothko become the mythic superman of mystical abstraction (Fisun G√ľner 1 November 2014, The Spectator)

Mark Rothko was an abstract artist who didn't see himself as an abstract artist -- or at least not in any 'formalist' sense. If a critic called him a 'colourist', he would bristle; if they admired his sense of composition, he would complain that this was not what he was about at all. His was an art of deep content, his subject an invocation of the religious, the tragic, the mythic. 'The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them,' he once famously said. 'And if you, as you say, are moved only by their colour relationships, then you miss the point.'


...means that whether or not he was abstract, he wasn't an artist.

Posted by at November 2, 2014 6:43 AM
  

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