Rothko the writer
If any painter aimed to transcend words, it was Mark Rothko, whose luminous fields of color revolutionized American art. All the more surprising, then, that his newly published writings tell us so much.
IN 1978, THE PAINTER Philip Guston warned that if artists did not speak in public, they ran the risk of being reduced to ``painting monkeys." If, on the other hand, they did speak, their words were generally not to be trusted. The only truth, according to Guston, was in their candid remarks. (Full article: 1568 words)
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