“An essay by Steven Jacobs has suggested some common features liking Antonioni and his films to the work of Pollock, Rothko and Newman. Among them are flatness, emptiness and large surfaces. Antonioni’s preference for Pollock’s larger canvases may have been linked to their infinity with a wide cinema screen, their filling of the frame right to the edges. Jacobs also notes that these painters, like Antonioni, is interested in ephemeral forms which relate to flatness or deliberate 2 dimensionality. Mist, Jacobs writes, transforms any depth into a surface.”

- David Forgacs, audio commentary on Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert (1964)

Mark Rothko, Red No. 14, 1960

‘I’m not an abstract artist…I’m not interested in the relationship of colour or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions – tragedy, ecstasy, doom and so on…”
Mark Rothko

“Pictures must be miraculous.” –Mark Rothko, born on this day in 1903

Adolph Gottlieb, Portrait of Marcus Rothkowitz (Mark Rothko), c. 1932. Sheet: 11 x 8 ½ in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm). Collection UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum.  Gift of Eunice and Hal David. The Eunice and Hal David Collection of 19th- and 20th-Century Works on Paper.