Rothkos 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, Rothkos 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 artists son, U-M alumnus Christopher Rothko, and from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
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