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Privileged to Display a Rothko this Summer August 7, 2012  |  By Brooke Schmill

At the beginning of the summer we received a Mark Rothko painting to complement the Bob Kuhn exhibit. Rothko’s extraordinary use of color is inspirational and influential to Kuhn’s masterpieces.

When reading a line from a Shakespeare play for the first time, most need to let their mind settle on reading old English and re-read the lines a couple times to get the meaning. Viewing a Rothko painting is similar. At a glance, the colors seem simple. However, if you let your eyes relax on the large scale canvas and colors, your perception will completely change. Colors impact your mood and how you feel emotionally. This idea makes Rothko’s color play much more complex. For example, yellow typically creates feeling of happiness but can also cause severe anxiety depending on the shade.

Once you become accustomed to Rothko’s work, you develop an appreciation for Kuhn’s color fields and changing colors in nature. Notice how the sky gradients change throughout the day depending on atmospheric conditions. Or overlooking the National Elk Refuge from our sculpture trail. We are privileged to display a Rothko this summer.

This particular piece, Untitled, is on loan from a private lender. Pleasure hurry to visit this rare display. © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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