Thursday, March 19, 2015

Book review: "Mark Rothko: Towards The Light In The Chapel" by Annie Cohen-Solal

By Marcus Field
A portrait of the artist as an angry man
PUBLISHING---In August 1913, nine-year-old Marcus Rotkovitch landed at Ellis Island with his mother and sister. The new arrivals were on their way from Dvinsk, Russia, where conditions for Jews had become intolerable, to Portland, Oregon, where the family patriarch, Yacov, was already settled. As young Marcus travelled across America, he wore a sign bearing the words: "I do not speak English." It would be another 25 years before he became an American citizen, and not until 1940 did he begin to call himself Mark Rothko, a name which now ranks as one of the most famous in the history of modern art. [link]