August 11, 2012 |
Works of art can do just about anything - except explain how other works of art work. That's one of the reasons many movies and books about artists fall short. They presume to tell us the truth about things they are in no position to explain, much less match the artistry of. Documentary films do not face this problem. Three recent ones work wonders because they allow their subjects to speak for themselves. More important, Matthew Akers' "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," Corinna Belz's"Gerhard Richter Painting"and Neil Berkeley's "Beauty Is Embarrassing" do not reveal how Abramovic, Richter or Wayne White make their work.
October 8, 2012 |
One of the Mark Rothko mural paintings that inspired John Logan's play, “Red,” which had a recent acclaimed run at the Mark Taper Forum starring Alfred Molina as the artist, was vandalized Sunday in its gallery at the Tate Modern in London. Britain's Guardian newspaper reported that the Tate issued a statement confirming that on Sunday afternoon, “a visitor defaced one of Rothko's Seagram murals by applying a small area of black paint with a brush to the painting,” and that police were investigating.
August 13, 2012 |
Following Sunday's opening night performance of “Red” at the Mark Taper Forum, theatergoers merely had to stroll down Grand Avenue to see eight Mark Rothko paintings at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where the after-party took place. The play is about the artist; the paintings are part of MOCA's permanent collection. The L.A. opening of the Tony Award-winning play, starring Alfred Molina and Jonathan Groff, was packed with celebrities, among them Leonard Nimoy, the artist, art collector and original Mr. Spock of TV's “Star Trek,” and Zachary Quinto, Mr. Spock of the 2009 and 2013 film versions.
August 14, 2012 |
As imagined by John Logan in his Tony-winning drama "Red" and portrayed by the galvanizing Alfred Molina, painter Mark Rothko is a man of fierce convictions and fiery words. His opinions about art are delivered like biblical proclamations, spoken in the Old Testament cadences of a burning bush. As he holds forth on the nobility of highbrow ambition and the ignominy of commercial frivolity you might momentarily think you've stumbled into a town hall on the fate of the Museum of Contemporary Art. In fact, you are at the Mark Taper Forum, where this sensational production from London's Donmar Warehouse (and later Broadway)
May 21, 2006 |
IN 1959, Mark Rothko proclaimed, "I hate and distrust all art historians, experts and critics. They are a bunch of parasites, feeding on the body of art. Their work not only is useless, it is misleading. They can say nothing worth listening to about art or the artist, aside from personal gossip, which I grant you can sometimes be interesting." But Rothko (born Marcus Rothkowitz in 1903 in Dvinsk, Russia) did not actively resist writing about his own work.
February 13, 1994 |
On Feb. 25, 1970, Mark Rothko was found dead in his New York studio, a pool of blood spreading out on the floor beneath him, his wrists slashed. Sixty-seven years old, he had been in declining health for several years, was separated from his second wife and living alone.