“Mark Rothko”

The Rothko estate settles a partnership with the Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum has formed a partnership with Mark Rothko’s family, for the loan of his works. The museum will now be able to exhibit the artist’s major paintings in the next two decades. Christopher Rothko has stated that this museum “played a formative role in my father’s youth”. The Portland Art Museum has also revealed its project to extend its premises with a 2,787 m2 glass building designed by Vinci Hamp Architects. It will be named the Rothko Pavilion, in honour of the artist’s...

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Hauser & Wirth now represents Arshile Gorky’s estate

Gallery Hauser & Wirth has announced that it now exclusively represents the estate of Arshile Gorky (1904-1948). Gorky’s painting approach established him as the father of abstract expressionism and a central figure in the evolution of modern art. His revolutionary work influenced many major artists including Willem de Kooning, David Smith and Mark Rothko while winning the support of André Breton and Roberto Matta. Hauser & Wirth will be presenting its first exhibition on Gorky’s work in New York, in 2017. Organised by Paul Schimmel, the exhibition will travel to the gallery’s Los Angeles space and be accompanied by a reference catalogue. Gorky’s work is part of the “Abstract Expressionism” exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, presented until 2 January...

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Teheran’s Museum of Contemporary Art collection to travel to Berlin then Rome

Cultural officials in Berlin, as revealed by The Art Newspaper, have announced an exhibition of a selection of works from the collection of Teheran’s Museum of Contemporary Art, at the Gemäldegalerie from 4 December to 26 February 2017. As the world’s first city to host this collection, reputed as being one of the richest in Western art, Berlin will be followed up by Rome, scheduled to present the works at the MaXXI. Over 60 major modern works by American and European artists such as Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, will be shown alongside pieces by key Iranian artists from the 20th century like Faramarz Pilaram, Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam and Behjat Sadr. The Teheran museum is taking advantage of this tour to improve its infrastructure and acquire new pieces – something which it hasn’t done in 40 years. Bear in mind that the museum presented, from March to May this year, an exhibition featuring Belgian star artist Wim...

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Rothko and Van Gogh at Sotheby’s

As part of two sales, one of Impressionist and Modern art and one of Contemporary art, which are to take place at Sotheby’s New York on 5 and 12 May 2015, a Rothko originating from the former Mellon Collection and a Van Gogh landscape painted in Arles are to be put up for auction. The piece Untitled (Yellow and Blue), painted by Mark Rothko in 1954, was kept for more than 30 years in the collection of the Mellons, in addition to L’Allée des Alyscamps, created in 1888 by Vincent Van Gogh by the side of his friend Paul Gaugin during their famous stay in Arles, which will also be put up for sale by the New York auction house. The Rothko, estimated between $40 and $60 million, is to be one of the key pieces of the 12 May Contemporary art sale in New York and the Van Gogh, estimated at more than $40 million, will be part of the Impressionist and Modern sale on 5 May. Sotheby’s is a group of international auction houses, the oldest in the world, and whose owning group (Sotheby’s Holding Inc.) is the only one to be listed in the New York and London stock markets. The group organises 350 sales a year, in Paris, New York, London, Hong Kong, Geneva, and Milan, amongst other...

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Mark Rothko’s No. 36 (Black Stripe) at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening sale

Christie’s New York has been entrusted for the sale of Mark Rothko’s, No. 36 (Black Stripe) (1958), from the collection of the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden in Germany, during its Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening sale on 13 May 2015. Painted in 1958 when Rothko was engaged with the creation of the series of famous murals for the Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram building in Manhattan (now known as the famous The Rothko Room at the Tate Modern in London), No. 36 (Black Stripe) exemplifies this extraordinary moment in the artist’s life and career. Acquired by Frieder Burda over 30 years ago, the rare, large, and imposing landscape-format painting has never appeared at auction. Estimated at $30-50 million, the work will be on view in Hong Kong and London before being offered at auction in New York. “This is the first time that the painting has been on the market for thirty years and we are sure to see a bidding war at the auction in May for this extremely rare and universally enticing work, especially with such a prestigious provenance and exhibition history,” stated Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art. Mark Rothko, born in 1903, was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous Post-War American...

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