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New York State Office of General Services - Empire State Plaza Art Collection
Empire State Plaza Art Collection
Untitled / 1967 By Mark Rothko
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 6'-8" x 69"
Location: Corning Tower Concourse Lobby
Photo Credit: Michael Fredericks
Permission by: © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Description: Mark Rothko created a body of more than eight hundred paintings and over twice that number of works on paper. He represented the branch of Abstract Expressionism in which color, as opposed to gesture, is the dominant expressive element. His works are composed of loosely defined rectangles hovering in a shallow illusionistic space and are thinly painted or stained, containing no lines. The forms create spaces that blend together in an all-encompassing field of color, and the use of large canvases create a monumental yet intimate scale that envelops the viewer. The painting in the Empire State Art Collection is typical, containing a brilliant blue field in which a large greenish blue rectangle floats over a smaller one of purplish blue. Small in comparison to many works in the collection, it’s large enough to fill the viewer’s field of vision with vibrant color. The space is elusive as the colors appear to hover in and out, merging in soft, indistinct edges. The work was painted the year Rothko finished his most ambitious project, the murals for the Rothko Chapel in Houston. <br /> <br /> Reproduction of this image, including downloading, is prohibited without written authorization from ARS, 536 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10112. Tel: 212.420.9160; Fax: 212.420.9286; e-mail: web: