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Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel

Mark Rothko Toward the Light in the Chapel A fascinating exploration of the life and work of one of America s most famous and enigmatic postwar visual artists Mark Rothko one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century was born in the

  • Title: Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel
  • Author: Annie Cohen-Solal
  • ISBN: 9780300182040
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A fascinating exploration of the life and work of one of America s most famous and enigmatic postwar visual artists Mark Rothko, one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century, was born in the Jewish Pale of Settlement in 1903 He immigrated to the United States at age ten, taking with him his Talmudic education and his memories of pogroms and persecutions in RussiaA fascinating exploration of the life and work of one of America s most famous and enigmatic postwar visual artists Mark Rothko, one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century, was born in the Jewish Pale of Settlement in 1903 He immigrated to the United States at age ten, taking with him his Talmudic education and his memories of pogroms and persecutions in Russia His integration into American society began with a series of painful experiences, especially as a student at Yale, where he felt marginalized for his origins and ultimately left the school The decision to become an artist led him to a new phase in his life Early in his career, Annie Cohen Solal writes, he became a major player in the social struggle of American artists, and his own metamorphosis benefited from the unique transformation of the U.S art world during this time Within a few decades, he had forged his definitive artistic signature, and most critics hailed him as a pioneer The numerous museum shows that followed in major U.S and European institutions ensured his celebrity But this was not enough for Rothko, who continued to innovate Ever faithful to his habit of confronting the establishment, he devoted the last decade of his life to cultivating his new conception of art as an experience, thanks to the commission of a radical project, the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas Cohen Solal s fascinating biography, based on considerable archival research, tells the unlikely story of how a young immigrant from Dvinsk became a crucial transforming agent of the art world one whose legacy prevails to this day.

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    About "Annie Cohen-Solal"

    1. Annie Cohen-Solal

      Annie Cohen Solal is an academic and writer For ever, she has been tracking down interactions between art, literature and society with an intercultural twist After Sartre A Life 1987 became an international success, she became French cultural counselor in the US, where she held her position from 1989 to 1992.In New York, Cohen Solal s encounter with Leo Castelli led her to shift her interest to the art world In the frame of a manyfold project which was to become a social history of the US artist, she published Painting American 2001 Leo Castelli His Circle 2010 New York Mid Century 2014 , with Paul Goldberger and Robert Gottlieb Mark Rothko 2013 In 2013, she became special advisor at the Ecole Normale Sup rieure for the Nuit Sartre in 2014, general curator of Magiciens de la terre 2014 at the Centre Pompidou, publishing Magiciens de la terre retour sur une exposition l gendaire, with Jean Hubert Martin As a professor, she has held positions at Tisch School of the Arts NYU , cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales, University of Caen, cole Normale Sup rieure in Paris, the Freie University of Berlin, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem She is working on curating exhibitions for the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam, the Mus e Picasso and the Mus e de l Immigration in Paris She will soon lead, alongside Jeremy Adelman, the Crossing Boundaries workshop at the CASBS Stanford University Born in Algiers, Annie now lives between Paris and Cortona Taken from the bio of her official website

    445 Comments

    1. An excellent historical-context biography. I adore Rothko and I found this be informative and engaging


    2. I think maybe I should swear off reading biographies of artists I like. When I read about van Gogh, in a detailed, personalized study of him, I found him to be too much of a dick for my liking. That bio was clotted with way too much detail of his dickishness and petulant whining that made him largely unsympathetic. I liked him better as the crazy guy who cut off his ear and painted weird shit. I don't need psychological explanations for what he did.That's just too deep. On the opposite end of th [...]


    3. To preface this review, I must share my first legitimate experience with Rothko's works. I had the privilege of seeing the Rothko Room at the Phillips Collection this past February. Before then, the artist had piqued my interest, but then again, so had every other figure in the art history canon. Yet, when I set foot into that small space, I felt overwhelmed. Each piece was beckoning, almost mesmerizing in nature. Four pieces hung on each off-white wall, with a worn bench in the center. There I [...]


    4. this is an excellent book very well written researched careful thinking not fictionalif you are interested in modern art and the art of Rothko this is the book to readit is marvelous to read how his art came about and that brings into play the other abstract expressionists of his time. It is mostly tho about Rothko and his self as a person as an artist. He had been a figurative painter and he became an artist painting a world of colors where he said were his figures right there. He formed few co [...]


    5. So many names that were too easily mixed up. I do not have a memory for names, which is in general (and in this specific instant) what I most dislike about history books. Too much history. Not enough understanding of the person.


    6. How is it possible to write such a boring book about such an interesting artist? It reads like a textbook or thesis and has 33 pages of footnotes (which I skipped).


    7. 3.5 starsA very comprehensive biography, pretty detailed, with quite a lot of context which made the understanding easier.


    8. Author Annie Cohen-Solal, in her new biography, "Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel", asks the provocative question, "Why, when during the previous centuries Jews had generally been absent from the visual arts, did the dawn of abstraction coincide with their entrance into the world of art, with Jewish collectors, critics, artists, dealers detecting, supporting, and following the lessons of the first Modernists?" And she answers it in her book by looking at the life, career, and world of [...]


    9. There once was a young man from LatviaWho went by the name of Mark Rothko.An artist, a mensch, a deep intellectual,His crowning achievement was his namesake chapel.


    10. The book seems to be a more of a historical record about Mark Rothko than an art history piece about his work as a painter. Though it still remains intriguing and exciting. First part is dedicated to the challenges that he had to overcome on his way to become a greatest artist of XX century. A reader could learn on his Russian roots, what it meant to be a Jew in that country and what monstrous destiny they were at risk being in such state threatened be country-wide pogroms and inequality on all [...]


    11. Preparing to speak to a group that just read this title, I picked up Cohen-Solal's work so I could be on the same page as my audience . More than mere research for this talk, this book helped me with another project; I'm taking a class in Studio Painting: Oils and each week the non-studio assignment is to learn about two new-to-me artists. I've seen prints and bookplates of Rothko's color field work and would LOVE to know how he created his magic, but had little knowledge of his life. Thus, he's [...]


    12. Having long been interested in the paintings of Mark Rothko, I was interested in this book. While parts were interesting, I found it replete with the author's assumptions and unduly repetitive. I was disappointed with the few color plates, as the quality of the reproductions of the artist's works was poor and the images rather small.I did learn about Rothko's life and greatly enjoyed the photographs sprinkled through the book, though wondered about the placement choices of some.


    13. Very interesting book analysing Mark Rothko's legacy, in light of his life as a migrant within historical and sociological environment, and how he became one of the key contemporary artist of the USA.




    14. Fascinating biography of this wonderful artist. As other reviewers indicate, the book provides excellent historical context for Rothko's life and works.


    15. disappointed with the writing. The author makes too many assumptions that she either doesn't flesh out or does so after the fact.


    16. I had to return it to the library but I will definitely go back to it. Very interesting book that tracks his development as a person and an artist.


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