Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rothko at the Abstract Expressionist New York Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario

In the Art Gallery of Ontario's Abstract Expressionist New York exhibition, the Rothko room has a dramatic display of the artist’s works. The lighting is dimmer than in other rooms, and there are floodlights highlighting each of Rothko's paintings.

Rothko said: "A painting is not about an experience. It is an experience." From this we can take that Rotko's aim was not to make representational paintings, but rather to transport viewers to an experience marked by an emotional response.

I'd recommend this exhibition as a stellar overview of the Abstract Expressionist movement. I'd also urge visitors to spend plenty of time in the Rotko room gazing at his paintings.

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