NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Gallery
announced the release of Mark Rothko: The Exhibitions at Pace, published by Callaway Arts & Entertainment. The highly anticipated monograph traces the arc of production of one of the most celebrated artists of the twentieth century, presented chronologically through eleven groundbreaking Rothko exhibitions organized by and held at Pace Gallery from 1978 through 2017. An advance deluxe edition debuted on September 10 at the opening of Paces new flagship Chelsea location. This special edition of 300 copies is signed by Arne Glimcher, the founder of Pace Gallery, and Rothkos children. On November 5, 2019, the trade edition of Mark Rothko: The Exhibitions at Pace will be released in bookstores nationwide.
Our relationship was close enough for me to step into the studio, on my way home, if the light was on in his doorway, Glimcher recalls in his introduction to the book. He was introduced to Rothko at his studio, an old carriage house on East 69th Street, in the spring of 1966 by Louise Nevelson, another longtime gallery artist. What began as a thoughtful relationship with the artistat the time working on his Menil Chapel paintingstransformed into something greater: a bond with Rothkos children, who entrusted him with the responsibility of representing the Rothko estate.
Pace Gallery has represented Rothkos work for over four decades, during which eleven exhibitions illuminating the artists achievements have been organized: The Realist Years (2001), The Surrealist Years (1981), The Watercolors 19411947 (2014), Multiforms (1990), A Painters Progress, The Year 1949 (2004), Paintings 19481969 (1983), Dark Palette (2017), The 195859 Murals (1978), The Dark Paintings 19691970 (1985), The Last Paintings (1994), and Bonnard-Rothko: Color and Light (1997).
While Dark Palette was on view in 2017, over 40,000 visitors attended the exhibition over seven weeks. Today, it still holds the gallerys attendance recorda testament to Rothkos ability to captivate viewers with his work. His canvases, scaled to the size of a human body, prompt visitors to pause. As Glimcher explains: Through color and composition, with great complexity, Rothkos paintings convey pure emotion.
This series of exhibitions has allowed some of the most distinguished art historians to write on Rothkos work for the accompanying catalogues. Mark Rothko: The Exhibitions at Pace brings this scholarship together in a single volume. The literature has become inextricable from the canon of Rothkos work, and collectively forms an essential body of knowledge. The participation of Christopher and Kate Rothko was crucial in creating this monograph.
Contributors to the publication include Klaus Kertess (The Realist Years), Robert Rosenblum (The Surrealist Years), James Lawrence (The Watercolors: 194147), Mark Stevens (Multiforms), Bernice Rose (A Painters Progress & Bonnard-Rothko: Color and Light), Irving Sandler (Paintings: 194869), Dan Rice (The 195859 Murals: interview by Arne Glimcher with Dan Rice), and Brian ODoherty (The Dark Paintings: 196970 & The Last Paintings). Arne Glimcher intersperses warm, personal touches in the books introduction and in his essay accompanying the exhibition Dark Palette.
The contributing writers guide the reader from Rothkos early contributions in the 1930s to his Surrealist years, from his radical transition into abstraction in the Multiforms of the late 1940s to his monumental mature masterworks. In addition to sharing art historical expertise, the contributors highlight their personal connections to the artist, including Dan Rice, who assisted Rothko notably during his creation of the 195859 murals.
An additional highlight of the book is a gallery of seventy-five essential Rothko works drawn from every major Rothko period and faithfully reproduced, in chronological sequence. Elegantly designed, printed and bound with the combination of advanced technology and fine craftmanship for which Callaway is known, Mark Rothko: The Exhibitions at Pace preserves and extends the artists legacy for a new generation. This landmark publication is a work to be treasured by connoisseurs of fine art and books everywhere.
Mark Rothko (b. 1903, Dvinsk, Russia; d. 1970, New York), a pioneer of the New York School, is one of the most significant and influential artists of the twentieth century. He is predominantly recognized for his mesmerizing Color-field paintings of monumental scale produced between 19491970, which followed his works of figurative and biomorphic imagery. His stylistic explorations resulted in a proliferation of works on paper and canvas, with layered transparencies of vibrant pigments and earth tones culminating in luminous and ethereal soft-edged compositions. His approach to painting emphasized an experimental engagement with process in order to fully articulate a universal expression. Among Rothkos artistic philosophies, he held that paintings was deeply psychological and spiritual experience through which profound human emotions could be communicated.