Sol LeWitt at MASSMoCA
Photos by Adelaide de Menil Carpenter
Mark Rothko(born Marcus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz, 1903-1970), an American painter of Latvian Jewish heritage, struggled against antisemitism his whole life. He created this nondenominational chapel as a way for everyone, regardless of religion, to feel a shared and universal spirituality.
In the Rothko Chapel, viewers are surrounded by “black” paintings— and black appears to me to be Rothko’s most spiritual color. Instead of symbolizing death and darkness, the black glows with a subtle and radiant light, and the complexities that lie just below the surface create a mysterious and majestic composition.
The last series Rothko painted before committing suicide was also “black.”
Don’t drop the Rothko (Winni Wintermeyer).
Adapting Jackson Pollock’s technique of painting canvases laid flat on the floor, Frankenthaler developed her own technique of pouring diluted paint directly onto canvas, then manipulating it with mops and sponges to create vivid fields of color.