At least five bidders competed for Mark Rothko’s White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose) from the collection of David Rockefeller, which sold for $72,800,000 to an anonymous buyer over the telephone to a wave of applause, setting a new record for a contemporary post war work of art at auction, as well as for the artist. MARK ROTHKO
It was sold by 91-year-old David Rockefeller. That bought it for $8,500.00 in 1960.
The painting used to hang in his office when he was chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank from 1961 to 1981. Friedrich Nietzsche's great book The Birth of Tragedy had a profound effect on Rothko. Nietzsche's idea that the artist has the power to transform tragedy into beauty is very close to Rothko's central truth and the primary reason for the exceptional grace in his work. His anxiety and paranoia about his work was intense. He felt himself in competition with every other artist, alive and dead. Rothko seems to have become increasingly unsure whether his paintings truly had the effect on viewers for which he hoped. From the late Fifties, Rothko's work grew darker. "I curse God daily," he confessed, "because men are born to die."
In 1964 Rothko received in many ways the perfect commission from John and Dominique de Menil, a pair of enlightened patrons from Houston, Texas. It was to produce a series of paintings for a chapel, a meditative, sacred space effectively dedicated to the mystery of his own work. In 1967 he completed the paintings for The Rothko Chapel.
In the spring of 1968, Rothko suffered an aneurysm of the aorta, a result of his chronic high blood pressure. Ignoring doctor’s orders, Rothko continued to drink and smoke heavily, avoid exercise and to maintain an unhealthy diet. However, he followed the advice not to paint pictures larger than a yard in height and turned his attention to smaller formats, including acrylics on paper. Rothko and his wife Mell separated on New Year’s Day 1969, and he moved into his studio. On February 25, 1970, Oliver Steindecker, Rothko’s assistant, found the artist in his kitchen, lying dead on the floor in front of the sink, covered in blood. His arms had been sliced open with a razor lying at his side. During autopsy it was discovered he had also overdosed on anti-depressants. He was 66 years old.
The solo show of JIMBOT Art Whino presents JIMBOT: Machine, Man, Monster. The exhibition will feature the illustrative and playful works of JIMBOT, Milwaukee based painter and freelance illustrator. His exhibition will feature several paintings and prints of the imaginative creatures and stories that inhabit his mind.
Friday October 24th 7-11pm
Preview Event and Panel Discussion at the Art Whino Loft, located at the Adidas store in Georgetown
Location: 1251 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC 20007
A sampling of Jimbot’s exhibition will be on exhibit as well as select pieces from the Art Whino’s extensive artist collaboration.
PANEL DISCUSSION As a part of Americans for the Arts Creative Conversations initiative, Art Whino will be hosting a panel discussion on the validity of current art trends within the larger realm of fine art. Panelists will debate whether or not Lowbrow and Pop Surrealist art carry the same amount of cultural significance and demand the same respect as more traditional forms of contemporary art. Come check out our new space in Georgetown, above the Adidas store and take part in this lively conversation.
Wine Tasting An informational wine tasting will be provided by WineShop at Home for guests prior to the panel discussion. Join us to sample and learn about some excellent selections from the Napa Valley area.
Shepard Fairey, Al Farrow, and Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky) October 18 - December 6, 2008 Opening Reception: Saturday, October 18, 6-8PM Shepard Fairey, Rose Girl, 2008. Limited edition screenprint. 24 x 18 in. Available only at Irvine Contemporary for the exhibition.
A friend recently forwarded me information about a reporter looking for the difference between journals and blogs. She wanted to see some examples of a journal entry vs. blog entry.
She asked If you have tried both, which medium to you prefer (blog/journal) and why? Does the community aspect of having a blog bring you to blog more often, or does it encourage you to write less than you would in a scrapbook? This led me to stacks of old journals I've kept through out the years. These journal pages come from the journal I kept the year I studied in Italy. I love keeping long distance journals with old friends and family. We buy one blank book, journal in it a while, mail it on and wait to get it back. What do you think? Journal vs. Blog?
Growing up, my Aunt Lisa always had an amazing music collection. When ever we visited my grandma, with whom she lived with, my brother and I would sneak into her room, play music and act out the songs. One of our favorites was Bang Bang sung by Sunny and Cher. Here in Nancy Sinatra singing Bang Bang, made famous from the Kill Bill movies.
Frank and Ollie are two of the original Disney animators. If you can, I would rent this movie right away! It's about two men who met while they were at Stanford University, moved together down to California during the Great Depression, got jobs at the same company, moved into neighboring houses and stayed best friends for over sixty years.
Two of Walt Disney's legendary "Nine Old Men," who literally wrote the book on 20th Century animation.
Robert Crumb, American American artist and illustrator, was a founder of the underground comix movement and is regarded as its most prominent figure. Though one of the most celebrated of comic book artists, Crumb's entire career has unfolded outside the mainstream comic book publishing industry. One of his most recognized works is the "Keep on Truckin'" comic, which became a widely distributed fixture of pop culture in the 1970s. Others are the characters Devil Girl, Fritz the Cat, and Mr. Natural. GET THIS, In the mid-1990s Crumb traded six of his sketchbooks for a townhouse in a small village in the South of France.
Crumb’s friend, Terry Zwigoff, filmed Robert and his family before they moved for the documentary “Crumb”.
I went camping, while my other friends went to NYC. And what do you know, they run into one of my heroes, Perker Posey. Taxi Gang seen here with Parker. I would rent everyone of these movies if you haven't yet sen them. Dazed and Confused Party Girl Kicking and Screaming Basquiat The House of Yes Waiting for Guffman Clockwatchers Best in Show Scream 3 Parker Posey- Smoking in the girls room.
My latest commission leaves my house tomorrow. This painting has been so much fun working on and having in my house. This project was also fun because it involves a painting and a poster! Poster above, soon to be up. La Familia-PINK in progress. The first La Familia- BLUE