The Case For Mark Rothko | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios December 3, 2019 100 By Bernardo Ryan CategoryBlogTagsadolph gottlieb Carl Jung (Academic) Contemporary Art (Art Period/Movement) Cubism (Art Period/Movement) Friedrich Nietzsche (Author) Henri Matisse (Visual Artist) joan miro John Green (Author) Mark Rothko (Visual Artist) Max Ernst (Visual Artist) max weber milton avery Painting (Visual Art Form) pbs digital studios Public Broadcasting Service (TV Network) Sarah Green Surrealism (Art Period/Movement) the art assignment the rothko chapel 100 Comments Art Curious says: November 21, 2018 at 11:29 pm Typically the more flowery and philosophical the language used to describe a painting the more the art is actual nonsense. Good grief, it’s a square piece of canvas displaying color in the most primitive way. Rothko needed therapy about his identity crisis and the early loss of his father. His art drags the audience into his personal void and anxieties. It’s about him not art or color. There’s literally and figuratively nothing to see. Reply Not giving a fuck says: November 22, 2018 at 6:43 am So painting fucking squares within a canvas can get me super famous and rich? Where do I sign up. Reply thetalkingfly says: December 17, 2018 at 1:23 am These little videos are fun to watch. Reply Thir is says: December 27, 2018 at 5:54 am i just don't understand how they move such a huge painting Reply Morior Orbi says: January 8, 2019 at 7:11 am That's decoration Not Art.Shape, meaning, symmetry, expression, symbolism, form etc.Art Is subjective But there are criteria.Otherwise put a baby's dirty diaper on display.THE PROBLEM is the ideological nihilistic existential absurd approach. Reply Great Quotes Daily says: January 16, 2019 at 2:21 am You did a great job on this. Brilliant! Reply Isaak lenon says: January 20, 2019 at 7:53 pm THIS IS NOT ART Reply Ansyn Meacham says: January 25, 2019 at 10:27 am Or good marketing Reply Bryan says: January 25, 2019 at 12:57 pm Nice origin story, and well-presented. But….still just rectangles. Reply Bryan says: January 25, 2019 at 12:58 pm That church, though – they could have just hired a painter to paint the walls. Reply immanuel godson says: January 26, 2019 at 9:50 pm Rothko liked to ejaculate his semen into other mens faeces…..its a shame he didnt die of aids Reply LANJI CUCKSMOKE says: January 26, 2019 at 9:54 pm selling garbage like this for 86million smh. Reply David Durston says: January 29, 2019 at 7:39 am Hey I like the colours but at the end of the day this is another great bluffer of the arts market and good luck to him Reply alanenr says: January 30, 2019 at 6:03 am I dont know shit about art and i dont like abstract stuff but i saw the purple one once and…can testify to the religious experience thing. I was floored Reply TheBshwckr says: January 31, 2019 at 11:31 pm I have a disease!! Reply J.T. says: February 16, 2019 at 4:40 pm Can we get a Case for Basquiat or Haring? Reply c8lyn says: February 28, 2019 at 9:57 am I have anxiety and Rothko helps me with that. He is a lovely stroll through the void. A glimpse of the stillness of mortality without the commitment. Reply Evan Voyageur says: March 5, 2019 at 1:40 pm Rothko is literally the only artist I dont like. Well his pieces anyway. Reply Dion Tsonidis says: March 5, 2019 at 2:37 pm seagram aint in new york buddy. Reply elly [moonfish errata] says: March 17, 2019 at 11:30 am TEH TEN ROTHKOMMANDMENTS 1. Draw vertex (V₁)2. Draw second vertex (V₂) at 90° angle to and n distance from V₁3. Draw third and fourth vertices (V₃/V₄) parallel to and ≠ n distance from V₁/V₂4. Join V₁–V₄ to create area (A₁)5. Repeat steps 1–4 parallel to A₁ creating areas A₁–Ax6. Read a bunch of Nietzsche and Jung7. Think about the unconscious8. Smoke, lament the unbearable silence of god9. Repeat steps 7–8 for dozens of thousands of hours10. Fill areas A₁-Ax Don't save your virginity for marriage. Save seeing a Rothko in person for your stillborn. Reply Lou Hawk says: March 18, 2019 at 5:24 pm This is a analytical hypothesis of a certain mind fucking..it's Mediforicly a mere wall ornamental thing to add design to a blank wall.Adding minimal colors simplisticly….I expect a bashing back it's all love.. Reply sevenrow says: March 19, 2019 at 5:18 pm Come oooonn…you gotta be kidding me…. this is not “art”. This is a load of b/s… Reply Ryan Dirk Young says: March 20, 2019 at 2:17 am @theartassignment I love your channel and am so glad I discovered it. I was deadset against abstract art for a time and other forms of art, literature, poetry, etc. but channels like this one are really showing me that there’s more to these mediums. I love exploring this new world and I’m so grateful a channel like yours puts out such consistent and great content that helps me do that. Thank you. Reply Adrian Guerra says: March 20, 2019 at 4:50 am I live in Houston and I occasionally visit the Rothko chapel. The silence, along with the massive paintings makes it a very reflective, introspective experience. Reply Margaret Farquhar says: March 23, 2019 at 1:19 pm I was fortunate to see a Rothko retrospective in the Guggenheim in the seventiesIt began at the top with his early works. Gradually one followed his process until at the bottomOnly darkness and I burst into tears, I was completely overwhelmed by such sadnessand hopelessness,i was stunned.He made me feel HIM and I have loved him ever since Reply Achil Kal says: March 25, 2019 at 9:19 pm A charlatan!, he knew nothing about the specific pigments he used. Maintainers have a lot of work to do with his work. Most of his paintings lose their brightness too soon! He was like a " master" butcher without any knowledge of preserving meat, making jerky, etc for example. Just a butcher!… His work took off only after rich people decided to make easy money from him, unfortunately they didn't know about his absence of knowledge of the material, so now they are being in the trap of losing millions… Reply Sandipan Mukherjee says: March 26, 2019 at 9:24 am 4:20 mins of effort to prove a meaningless hilarious coloured pieces are so great with most possible pretentious way.. funny critics of modern art Reply BariumCobaltNitrog3n says: March 27, 2019 at 3:36 am Rothko bothered me more than any other artist I had ever encountered, triggering the "I can do that." response. But the more I saw of his work, and learned more about him, the more I appreciated his work. I went to the Rothko Chapel and sat for what I thought was a few minutes staring at his dark works. I felt a lot of conflicting and deep emotions, sadness and loneliness chief among them, when I left I realized I had been there for over two hours. I felt a sense of peace no other artist had ever evoked. Fitting he was found dead in his own color field of crimson. Reply Al Green - Light Through Glass says: March 28, 2019 at 8:05 pm The problem was that Rothko inspired thousands of bad imitations that clogged up regional galleries until they were gently retired to the institution's store in the basement, unmissed. Reply Vincent Mileto says: April 8, 2019 at 3:23 pm Fucking pretentious psycho babble bullshit! Reply zuza gal says: April 8, 2019 at 3:33 pm thank you! I really love your art matherials ^^ Reply Lucian David says: April 9, 2019 at 11:25 am I wonder if he was in his NYC apartment looking out the windows and becoming inspired by the shape of the windows with the different panes basing that on his paintings? Reply rey bladen says: April 13, 2019 at 11:58 pm I really don't get why abstract artist have to hate on realistic paintings? Just why? If you think art is about self expression so be it, but claiming your style is better than the other is simply bullshit. Reply Russell Barth says: April 14, 2019 at 7:01 pm That vocal fry is unbearable Reply anapassaroo says: April 18, 2019 at 12:28 am why does she speaks so fast?? Reply Mtdmpls says: April 21, 2019 at 4:08 am The sarcasm in this piece was palpable. Love it. Reply Den Antori says: April 23, 2019 at 4:52 pm I guess I understand that idea, but still how can we tell between someone that really means something from his art, and someone prerending to be deep. Reply Lou Hawk says: April 26, 2019 at 3:38 pm Wall ornaments.. That's it.. Reply Philip Morise says: April 27, 2019 at 10:31 pm My favorite intro to Rothko on you tube is a lecture series by John David Ebert. Reply Pat W says: April 29, 2019 at 1:41 am his art is still weird to me. Reply Maria Cor says: April 30, 2019 at 9:02 pm Looking at Rothko paintings is an amazing experience. I was lucky enough to see an exhibition in Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Needless to say that hours were spent going around, staring at them and feeling totally absorbed.. Never miss it Reply Neocuriosity says: May 3, 2019 at 4:03 am He would like poltically correctness, since he aspired to purge his works of any historical, political, or___ and preferred to show only "the void" Reply Scarlett smith says: May 3, 2019 at 11:48 pm This is why you shouldn't let leftists make art Reply reno lyons says: May 4, 2019 at 3:33 pm you can fart on a snare drum..it dont make it music Reply Erik Romano says: May 9, 2019 at 7:18 am Watch on mute and it is much better. Check your facts! Pause on the Rothko pieces and recast the narrator. Rothko's work is not clickbait, jumpcut, on the cheap fodder for you to decimate with crummy editing. Turn in better work Art Assignment. Reply Kane Stone says: May 12, 2019 at 7:11 am Don’t fool yourself , nothing special about his paintings , only reason he is famous and sells his paintings expensive because he comes from a jews family. That’s all ….. Reply alex says: May 24, 2019 at 9:37 am you have to be a drug addicted moron who is also suffering from dementia to like shit like this Reply Konstantinos Papaioannou says: May 28, 2019 at 10:55 pm Great artist, great video. Thank you. Reply Cast of Few Productions says: June 5, 2019 at 7:49 pm Really enjoyed the documentary. Learned a lot. I know most people want to experience Rothko in person, but I have just completed a Rothko video highlighted his work. Tried to capture the size of his canvases while trapped under the confines of video (aspect ratio). Perhaps there are some viewers that want to take a look at it. Reply Angga Diredja says: June 17, 2019 at 4:34 am It's painting about pudding! Reply Neil Aspinall says: June 17, 2019 at 7:22 am Blah Blah Blah…….I think what I do is important therefore it is……… Reply David Leonardo says: June 21, 2019 at 10:20 am When a Alzheimer's man, manages to pump money…. Reply 2ndrwkng says: June 22, 2019 at 6:27 pm I don't feel it at all. and I have seen plenty of his work live. Reply redbootsshow says: June 27, 2019 at 1:01 pm abstract expression always denied the accident during the production, I’m thinking what’s different between Jackson pollock and mark Rothko, do you think both are the abstract expressionist Reply Daniel Johnson says: June 28, 2019 at 3:41 am Gee this video is so why do I have to listen to a woman snarky and flashing pictures tell about the most obvious facts of his works? Thanks for a speed run crammed video. Not. Reply Daniel Johnson says: June 28, 2019 at 3:45 am The comments are lowering my Iq reading them. Reply Guzzo Pinc says: July 14, 2019 at 2:41 am The case against Mark Rothko: His paintings are boring as shit. Reply hockeymann88 says: July 22, 2019 at 1:09 pm Lol @ 1:41….. "he found his jam" Nice! Reply peanut12345 says: July 26, 2019 at 7:27 pm 50 people who saw this can make those trashy paintings today and be ready in 2 months. Call NYC blah blah blah. Reply Steve Deasy says: July 30, 2019 at 11:47 am I'm at the DeYoung, SF, sticking to Contemporary and Modern Art that time, viewing with double M.A. artist girlfriend. One alcove and had three Rothkos. The "Case for Rothko" can best be made in person. Whoomp. Better sit down. Wow. Didn't expect that hit to the heart. I turn to my gal, and she's in tears. We held hands, silent, deeply moved for a quarter hour. Reply mrfudd13 says: August 11, 2019 at 4:28 am There once was a major art theft which authorities described as committed by experts – they knew the thieves were experts because they didn't take any Rothkos – told by Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show. I agree; this is the triumph of BS over talent, exceeded only by Ad Reinhart. All this intellectualizing does nothing to change that. Reply Sukooon Shergilll says: August 12, 2019 at 10:26 am Can you do one on jean michel basquiat Reply some guy on the internet says: August 20, 2019 at 3:36 am You can't compare him to the Renaissance that's f**** ridiculous with the bright f**** colors Reply Dries Ketels says: August 21, 2019 at 11:17 am This is why I love our century so much. Amazing art channels talking about legendary artists in high quality video format, delivered to your doorstep for free on YouTube. Reply SLIMNICS says: September 2, 2019 at 3:27 pm 3:01 oh yeh how do you know that ? Reply SLIMNICS says: September 2, 2019 at 3:28 pm Did he struggle and battle to produce ? Or did he just pop them out while sipping tea ? Reply Egan Yi says: September 5, 2019 at 5:13 pm do NOT SAY STACKED Reply Don Bailey says: September 7, 2019 at 9:51 pm It is meaningless and pointless.You have to shut off your intellectand tell yourself there is something behind this kind of thing. The beatniks action paintings are also of this same mode, but the beatniks were a rebellion against art, their action paintings were ment to be meanless a pointless, but they did show anger as the beatniks tossed the paint at the canvas with their hands and what not. I dont see any in the museumsMost likely if any still exist must be in a coffee house in Greenwich Village . Reply per sebra says: September 9, 2019 at 1:10 am Okay. Reply Lou Hawk says: September 9, 2019 at 3:55 am He became a wall ornament maker after graduating from realism.Usually after realism reputation the artist becomes a ornamentMaker paint easy bullshit.. Reply Paul Combs - BoMuse says: September 14, 2019 at 6:26 am I was brought to an understanding of Rothko’s work by seeing a relatively small canvas at the University of Chicago which was in a room with other works. This may not have been ideal from his point of view, but seeing one of his paintings “in the flesh” rather than in a reproduction made all the difference for me. Before that I was not impressed with his work. I see this as a testimony to the beauty and validity of his paintings. Reply Dan Thomas says: September 28, 2019 at 3:10 am Its ironic that this video is 4:20 long because you'd need to be smoking the shwaggiest shwag in Mexico for this to be considered good art. And that anyone would pay $50 million for this crap proves once again that people with obscene amounts of money will go to great lengths to prove they have no taste. Reply Aaron Bell says: October 3, 2019 at 5:41 pm painting about everything? oh yes cause squares are literally everything and they're definitely all that exists. I'm sorry but they're squares. I don't get it Reply Another Gerloffs says: October 13, 2019 at 6:52 am Absolutely garbage talentless hack artist. Only got famous because he had friends in high places – most likely on hard drugs – and a cult of moronic lemmings like we see here in the comments. Reply karthik kadadevarmath says: October 13, 2019 at 3:56 pm Jazza bought me here. Have to say mark rothko paintings are front end for money laundering 😂 Reply Stephen Jablonsky says: October 22, 2019 at 2:17 am Comparative art lesson: Check out Ellsworth Kelly and the go to Rothko. Then we talk. Reply Deepak K bavra says: October 26, 2019 at 6:05 pm Great master painter Reply burdine estep says: October 31, 2019 at 2:23 am Curtail that women's caffeine intake. People need to absorb words, nothave them flash by like a bullet train. Reply Lucas Junginger says: October 31, 2019 at 2:46 pm Lol does one really need to make a case for Rothko Reply Georgie porgie says: November 1, 2019 at 3:07 am Paintings or whatever you make in your creative endeavors are an end. The physical act is life the product is death. It’s the act of creating that is beautiful. This gentleman’s paintings were dead before he put his brush to the canvas. Reply Fraser Williamson says: November 2, 2019 at 4:56 am There's no woof like art woof. Reply vijara chakra says: November 2, 2019 at 8:12 am Bla bla bla… just an excuse after his failure to imitate other great old painters Reply sandra martinez traslosheros says: November 6, 2019 at 4:23 pm I think I have to visit the Tate in order to experience a Rothko. I think probably he is one of those artists who you need to see their work, to be able to make a deep hunt into a personal critic about them. Reply Lucian David says: November 7, 2019 at 3:45 pm I love Rothko. I went to the chapel in Houston. It was wonderful. Reply Mark Thompson says: November 10, 2019 at 6:20 am This is copied from an article written about his strange suicide: He was found dead in a pool of blood on the floor of his Bowery studio, having hacked deep into his arms and shoulders with his paint knife. It was remarked at the time that the sombre, dark red pool of blood in which he lay, approximately six feet by eight, was in some ways akin to one of his own canvases, a colour field. Rothko might have repudiated that too, but he might not have resiled from the notion of its being his last work of art. Reply Zach T says: November 10, 2019 at 6:33 pm I just love Rothko’s work. You truly have to see it in person. They are massive pools of color to fall into Reply Lloyd Robert says: November 11, 2019 at 3:52 pm You've given me my vindication. I once told a gallery not to mix my paintings with other artists, because they were meditative and transcendent. If he did, I would kick his ass. He complied. Reply Janelle S says: November 12, 2019 at 3:56 am Rothko is one of my favorite artists. Viewing his work is a religious experience. Reply marshacd says: November 12, 2019 at 7:35 pm The Surrealist eye attributed to Rothko here is by Magritte. Reply anngogh says: November 15, 2019 at 1:12 am Rothko is sublime. A college professor opened my mind to his work, and I’ve never returned. 🌈. I LOVE this series. ❤️ Reply TakuSuns says: November 17, 2019 at 1:45 pm Dvinsk nowadays is called Daugavpils and is located in Latvia. There is a great Rothko museum. Reply ArtBooksLife says: November 21, 2019 at 1:19 am The play on PBS was simply amazing. The first time I saw a Rothko I literally cried. It was peace amongst all the chaos. Reply S J says: November 21, 2019 at 9:15 pm one of my favourite artists ever. His work evokes so much emotion in me. Reply Russell Alami says: November 26, 2019 at 12:40 pm Utter utter trash Art Reply Russell Alami says: November 26, 2019 at 12:42 pm The Emperors new clothes : Making the public believe that tripe that his pet monkey made, was Art Reply Russell Alami says: November 26, 2019 at 12:46 pm There’s a great British advert for Addis cleaning equipment , that shows some mops and buckets as a piece of Modern Art ,, drooled-over by a pretentious Critic , until a cleaner comes-along to retrieve her equipment … Watch it , it’s on You Tube ….. Reply Russell Alami says: November 27, 2019 at 6:13 pm The Tate Gallery ? ( aka The Tripe Gallery ) once paid £250,000 for a pile of bricks…Connoisseurs drooled over that too.I’m always dubious of ‘’Art ‘’ that either a monkey could do , or a builder , with half-an-hour in his lunch-break could manage …. Reply Karl Lieck says: November 28, 2019 at 4:43 pm Blah, blah, blah. Rothko is boring! Not buying into the bullshit explanations of his concepts or giving him unfettered praises. I'm interested in the results and again I say…boring. Reply Tyme Ryder says: December 1, 2019 at 1:52 am This series is terrific but appreciating Rothko is a hard sell. The viewer shouldn’t have to be informed why they should think a work is great for it to be great. Rothko is a pinnacle of the pseudo intellectualism that’s made a mockery of modern art….it’s assumed the public at large has to be educated to appreciate something. Abstraction should be about expression akin to a visual music, not just about filling a space and that’s all I’ve ever been able to derive from Rothko no matter how many have argued otherwise. Reply Chris Kelley says: December 2, 2019 at 4:09 am Malevich's black square accomplished much of what Rothko did much earlier Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.