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The Artist's Reality

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Mark Rothko's classic book on artistic practice, ideals and philosophy, now with an expanded introduction and afterword by Makoto Fujimura. Stored in a New York City warehouse for many years after the artist's death, this extraordinary manuscript by the Latvian-American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970) was published to great acclaim in 2004. Probably written in 1940 or 1941, it contains it Rothko's ideas about the modern art world, art history, myths, beauty, the challenges of being an artist in society, the true nature of "American art" and much more. 

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Mark Rothko's classic book on artistic practice, ideals and philosophy, now with an expanded introduction and afterword by Makoto Fujimura. Stored in a New York City warehouse for many years after the artist's death, this extraordinary manuscript by the Latvian-American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970) was published to great acclaim in 2004. Probably written in 1940 or 1941, it contains it Rothko's ideas about the modern art world, art history, myths, beauty, the challenges of being an artist in society, the true nature of "American art" and much more. 

In his introduction, illustrated with examples of Rothko's work and pages from the manuscript, the artist's son, Christopher Rothko, describes the discovery of the manuscript and the fascinating process of its first publication. This edition includes discussion of Rothko's "Scribble Book" (1932), his notes on teaching art to children, which have received renewed scholarly attention in recent years and provide clues to the genesis of Rothko's thinking on pedagogy.

In an afterword written for this edition, artist and writer Makoto Fujimura reflects on how Rothko's writings offer a "lifeboat" for "refugees of the art world" and a model for upholding artistic ideals. He considers the ability of Rothko's paintings to express pure ideas and the significance of the decades-long gap between The Artist's Reality and Rothko's mature paintings, in which the horrors of the Holocaust and the atomic bomb were unleashed upon the world.

Mark Rothko (1903-1970) was born in Latvia and came to the United States with his family in 1913. A major figure in New York's Abstract Expressionist movement, he has been the subject of retrospectives in museums worldwide.

Christopher Rothko, the son, is a writer and psychologist, actively involved in managing the Rothko legacy by organizing and presenting exhibitions of his father's work around the world.

Makoto Fujimura is an American artist, award-winning author and the recipient of the 2023 Kuyper Prize. His books include Art and Faith: A Theology of Making.

Dimensions: 18 x 23 cm
Pages: 184
Language: English
Authors: Mark Rothko, Christopher Rothko, Makoto Fujimura
Publisher: Mackbooks

 

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