The University Record, December 18, 2000

Photo story: Rothko paintings on display through Feb. 25

Fifteen canvases by American artist Mark Rothko are on display in the exhibition ‘Mark Rothko and the Lure of the Figure: Paintings 1933–46’ through Feb. 25 in the Museum of Art Apse. At right is ‘Oedipus (Untitled),’ oil on linen, 1940.

Rothko’s career began with an artistic exploration of the concepts of isolation, fragility and tragedy. Living in New York City, he found his subjects in the sometimes isolating urban world around him. Characterized as “haunting” and “surreal” by some, Rothko’s works later evolved into more abstract figures. Rothko is widely known for his 1950s and ’60s monumental paintings with vertically stacked areas of color.

The paintings in the exhibition are drawn from the collections of the artist’s son, U-M alumnus Christopher Rothko, and from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Image and information courtesy Museum of Art