Focus: Ad Reinhardt and Mark Rothko, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

 

Focus: Ad Reinhardt and Mark Rothko, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn

March 7, 2008 – ongoing

This installation, drawn from the Museum’s collection of paintings by Ad Reinhardt and Mark Rothko, focuses specifically on the fertile years between the late 1940s and the early 1960s, during which each artist identified the style and format that would engage him for the rest of his career. Reinhardt’s and Rothko’s ideas about form and color challenged and reconsidered European artistic traditions and philosophies, giving rise to a unique American sensibility in art in general, and particularly in painting. Their paintings were characterized not by the grand, expressive gestures and brushwork of their Abstract Expressionist colleagues, including Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, but rather by subtleties in color, form, and composition.