Saturday 15 March 2008

Rothko music vs Mark Rothko paintings

A few weeks ago i was very lucky to have found Rothko, on one random sunday afternoon jumping from links to links , my first question was about the name Rothko , Mark Beazley told me that Mark Rothko was a russian american painter who sadly committed suicide and that his paintings are one of Rothko influences. Dont need to say that my bellow average knowledge of art was exposed , still its never too late to discover new beautiful things.
This week i got my copy of Rothko new album " Eleven Stages of Intervention " , it has a lot of spaces floating on canvas , they seen to go around the edges and them bounce back into the abstract , i could look at a blank wall and watch shapes taking form , rectangular warm colors , warm read , purple , yellow .
Yesterday decided to look for Mark Rothko paintings , even before a saw the first one i new exactly what to expect from the paintings. Warm Rectangular forms floating on empty spaces.
As a final experience i looked for one paintings for each song of the album , also a way to make a small tribute to Mark Rothko amazing paintings.

Mp3 | Rothko - say something to someone

02 give.every.thing

03 tell your story to the winds

04 be invisible

05 place a star up in the sky

06 weather every storm

07 break the cycle of sorrow

08 sit in silent thought

09 watch the black sun fade

10 light a lantern on the water

A short biography of Latvian-born abstract expressionist artist and anarchist, Mark Rothko.

Mark Rothko
Born Marcus Rothkowitz, 25 September 1903 - Russia, died 25 February 1970 - New York, USA

Marcus Rothkowitz was born to Jewish parents in Czarist Russia on September 25, 1903 in Dvinsk. His father emigrated to America when he was ten.

Having decided to become an artist, he started out painting representational pictures in the Expressionist manner, rendering the drama of contemporary existence in a faceless metropolis. His art then grew freer, in Surrealist-influenced compositions that focus on mythic and biomorphic figures. Finally, in the years between 1949 and his suicide in 1970, he jettisoned representational art altogether and worked solely on the luminous fields – mostly in red and black - for which he became famous.

He spoke four languages- Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, and English, and experienced many cultures which greatly enriched his art.

Dvinsk was a solidly working-class, largely Jewish town of about 100,000. In response to the massive growth in revolutionary ideas, the Czarist authorities bloodily repressed workers – especially Jews – and attacked demonstrations, jailed militants and carried out pogroms.

His father managed to emigrate with Marcus in 1913 where he was soon joined by his family, but died in 1914 in Portland. Portland at the time was the epicentre of revolutionary activity in the US at the time, and the area where the revolutionary syndicalist union the Industrial Workers of the World, was strongest.

Marcus, having grown up around radical workers' meetings, attended meetings of the IWW and with other anarchists like Bill Haywood and Emma Goldman, where he developed strong oratorical skills he would later use in defence of Surrealism. With the onset of the Russian Revolution, Rothko organised debates about it in an atmosphere of extreme repression and wished to become a union organiser.

Later in life with the death of the Russian Revolution, the destruction of the Spanish Revolution by Communists and Fascists, and the rise of the Nazis Rothko became disillusioned as to whether there was any hope for social change. But he claimed "I am still an anarchist"!

He became a painter when he joined Yale university, and changed his name to the Westernised Mark Rothko in 1938.

After building up a considerable body of work, he slit his wrists in 1970, after suffering extreme depression and many years of alcohol abuse.


Mark Rothko