Silence is so accurate
"Silence is so accurate." — Mark Rothko
The artist was born Marcus Rothkowitz on this day in 1903, in Dvinsk. His family left Russia and settled in Portland, OR, in 1913. It was towards the late 1940s and 1950s, that he painted the works for which he is best known for: blocks of color in luminous washes that create large, contemplative forms on canvas.
Rothko also spent several years concentrating on works for a chapel in Houston, reinforcing his unwavering belief in the spiritual and emotional qualities of Abstract Art. In 1970, Rothko, who suffered from depression, took his own life.
Rothko’s No 14 is on view at SFMOMA.
Belgian born painter Jean-François Suys creates brilliant works that seek to revive a sense of beauty, peace, and bonding with our lives and the universe.
Coffee & Abstraction
Start your week with coffee and a look at the most beautiful, glowing, and visionary works by Contemporary art stars such as Sam Francis, Kenneth Noland, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, and James Turrell.
The Art of Zao Wou-Ki
The highest price paid for any work at international auction in April 2013 was for a sublime blue abstracted landscape oil painting by Contemporary artist Zao Wou-Ki, one of the greatest Chinese artists of the 20th and 21st century.
The artist’s paintings and prints are considered to be a major art historical development of both Western abstraction and Chinese landscape painting.
We took a closer look at the nature and art of Zao Wou-Ki.
Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) was not only a renowned Abstract painter, but was also an influential art theorist, well-known for his ties to the historical German Bauhaus School.
After the closing of Bauhaus by the oppressive Nazi regime, Kandinsky moved to France, where he would live until his death in Neuilly-sur-Seine, leaving behind an incomparable Abstract Art legacy.
Kandisky’s 1920 work, Ohne Titel, is now available on artnet Auctions.
With so many exhibitions opening today, we’re absolutely spoiled with choices!
Wasily Kandinsky, Frantisek Kupka, Francis Picabia, Robert Delaunay and many more are celebrated in Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, marking the centennial of this bold new type of artwork.
The exhibition brings together many of the most influential works in abstraction’s early history and covers a wide range of artistic production, making it a must-see show in the new year!
Spotlight on Jules Olitski
"As we all know, inspiration, like love, can’t be induced. If we are fortunate, it will happen, falling upon us like a gift from the gods"—excerpt from the essay The Courage of Conviction.
We worked with The Jules Olitski Estate to publish this online catalogue of the American abstract artist’s biography, artwork, exhibitions, and more.
RIP Paul Jenkins
Famed American Abstract Expressionist artist Paul Jenkins died June 9, 2012, he was 89 years old.
Happy Birthday, Ellsworth Kelly
Contemporary painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly, famed for his panels of saturated color, turns 88 today!
His latest exhibition, Plant Drawings, opens at the Metropolitan Museum on June 5th.
Happy Birthday, Robert Ryman
American Minimalist and Conceptual painter Robert Ryman was born today in Nashville, TN, in 1930.
Born Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze, WOLS was born on this day in Berlin, in 1913.
Though not successful in his lifetime, WOLS became recognized as a hugely important painter and photographer after his death.
Gunter Sachs Collection in London
Preview today’s important sale at Sotheby’s London: The Gunter Sachs Collection Evening Auction, featuring works by Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, and many others.
Kelly’s Tree of Consanguinity
Robert Kelly’s oil and collage mixed media painting, Tree of Consanguinity XII (Black Sheep) (1996), demonstrates the intricacy with which Kelly executes his works, exploring the balance of space through built-up layers and interactive forms. It alludes to ideas of kinship through the subtle inclusion of initials, antique papers, and historical elements collaged into a single composition. Varied blue squares float above an intimate field of calligraphic notations and delicate color, wedding Bauhaus ideals and Constructivist forms with Contemporary abstraction.