"Focus: Ad Reinhardt and Mark Rothko" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for "Focus: Ad Reinhardt and Mark Rothko" Exhibition

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This installation, drawn from the Museum's collection of paintings by Ad Reinhardt and Mark Rothko, focuses specifically on the fertile years between the late 1940s and the early 1960s, during which each artist identified the style and format that would engage him for the rest of his career. Reinhardt's and Rothko's ideas about form and color challenged and reconsidered European artistic traditions and philosophies, giving rise to a unique American sensibility in art in general, and particularly in painting. Their paintings were characterized not by the grand, expressive gestures and brushwork of their Abstract Expressionist colleagues, including Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, but rather by subtleties in color, form, and composition.

[Image: Mark Rothko "No. 5/No. 22" (1950). Oil on canvas 117 x 107 in. Courtesy of Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko]



from March 03, 2008 to May 14, 2008

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