the exhibit comprises more than 60 paintings that trace the artists full career, highlighting milestones in the development of his signature style. these 60 paintings are very special, they were rothko’s own that were given to the national gallery of art back in 1986.
houston is also the home of the rothko chapel, which was founded by dominique and john de menil and was created to be a sanctuary for people of every belief. mark rothko was commissioned by the de menils and was given the opportunity to shape and control the entire environment. rothko worked closely with philip johnson on original plans….i missed this on my visit too…
i was so taken with the traditional architecture of houston, all the big white houses in the river oaks neighborhood, i could have driven around for hours, i guess i missed all the beautiful modern art….but, i will return very soon, i have until january 2016….i just have to see these magnificent works by rothko.
here are some images of rothko’s work in the homes of some pretty influential tastemakers and a peek inside the exhibit via peter coppings instagram.