The 1940s, known as artist Mark Rothko’s Decisive Decade, were a powerful 10 years in which Rothko transformed the artist’s perception. Instead of focusing on the physical, Rothko painted universal representations of the human condition. From now until Jan. 6, 2013, Columbia Museum of Art celebrates Rothko’s iconic work, made possible by the National Gallery of Art. The museum will display Rothko’s paintings, watercolors, drawings and prints, which are being exhibited
for the first time in 20 years.
“We are excited about this exhibition for its contributions to understanding Rothko more fully,” says Karen Brosius, the museum’s executive director. “The show brings to Columbia and South Carolina the art of a modern American master, providing a special opportunity for everyone in the region.”
The museum is also producing a full-color, 170-page catalogue that will be of great interest both to the serious student of art history and to the art lover, according to the museum’s chief curator, Will South. The book is available in both hard ($50) and soft ($29.95) covers.
The Gallery Tour is open every Saturday at 1 p.m. and is free with membership or admission. For more information about hours and the tour, contact the museum at (803) 799-2810.