Jan. 4, 1996
Vol. 15, No. 8

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    Exhibition of Rothko's early work at Smart

    "Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, Early Paintings From the 1930s and 1940s," a loan exhibition from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., will open at the Smart Museum of Art with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, March 17.

    The exhibition presents an in-depth look at the early work of Mark Rothko, one of the major American artists of the 20th century. It includes

    24 paintings selected from among the hundreds of paintings and drawings donated to the National Gallery, works that have rarely before been exhibited to the public. Unlike the artist's later abstract works, renowned for their atmospheric fields of color, Rothko's early works of the 1930s and 1940s are characterized by conventional themes such as landscapes, still lifes, figure studies and portraits, painted in an expressionist style.

    Special events and guided tours will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, including a lecture, "Reasoning Rothko: An Introductory View," presented by David Anfam, author of the forthcoming Rothko catalogue raisonne, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in the auditorium of Kersten Physics Teaching Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

    For more information, see Continuing.