//MARK ROTHKO//

      • Known as: American abstract expressionist painter
      • Born: September 25, 1903, Daugavpils, Latvia
      • Birthname: Marcus Rothkowitz
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Date of death: February 25, 1970, New York, US (suicide)
      • Buried: East Marion Cemetery, East Marion, Suffolk County, New York, USA

    • A painting by artist Mark Rothko at the Tate Modern has been defaced by a small amount of black paint, a spokeswoman for the gallery has confirmed.

      The London gallery said the painting was defaced at about 15:25 BST.

      Paintings by the Modernist painter, one of America's most important post-war artists, have sold for hundreds of millions of pounds.

      The gallery was shut for a short period and then reopened. Police are investigating the incident.

      Source: BBC, 7th Oct. 2012

    • A man has claimed responsibility for defacing a valuable mural by Mark Rothko at the Tate Modern this weekend..

      Vladimir Umanets, the Russian-born founder of the Yellowism movement admitted daubing the words ‘Vladimir Umanets, A Potential Piece of Yellowism’ in black ink or paint on the bottom of one of Rothko’s Seagram paintings.

      Scotland Yard immediately launched an investigation into the incident, which occurred at the Tate Modern art gallery at around 3.25pm yesterday. The force said it was looking for a white male in his late 20s.

      Today Mr Umanets said he had written on the painting, but insisted his aim was not to destroy or deface it.

      "Some people think I'm crazy or a vandal, but my intention was not to destroy or decrease the value, or to go crazy. I am not a vandal," he said.

      "It's good people are shocking about what happened, no-one is realising what actually happened, everyone is just posting that the piece has been damaged or destroyed or defaced.

      "But I believe that after a few years they will start looking for it from the right angle. So that's why I did it."

      Mr Umanets, who would not reveal his age or where he lives, said he knows he is likely to be arrested, but added: "I believe that from everything bad there's always a good outcome so I'm prepared for that but obviously I don't want to spend a few months, even a few weeks, in jail. But I do strongly believe in what I am doing, I have dedicated my life to this."

      He said he did not plan exactly which painting he would write on, but thinks he found "the perfect choice", and said he feels he may have increased the value.

      "To be honest, I do believe I increased the value, it seems probably ridiculous for someone but I do believe in this, I didn't decrease the value, I didn't destroy this picture, I put something new."

      The Tate Modern said it does not have a price for the defaced piece, but paintings by the Russian-born artist often fetch tens of millions of pounds.

      A spokeswoman said: "There was an incident at Tate Modern in which a visitor defaced one of Rothko's Seagram murals by applying a small area of black paint with a brush to the painting.

      Eyewitness Tim Wright (WrightTG) posted on Twitter: "This guy calmly walked up, took out a marker pen and tagged it. Surreal.

      "We gave a description to the gallery. Very bizarre, he sat there for a while then just went for it and made a quick exit."

      A picture he uploaded to the social networking website showed five or six words scrawled on the bottom-right corner of the piece, with black streaks of paint running down from the daubed writing.

      Earlier this year, Rothko's Orange, Red, Yellow was sold for £53.8 million - the highest price ever paid for a piece of post-war art at auction.

      The 1961 painting went under the hammer at Christie's in New York.

      Mr Umanets, who studied art, is one of the founders of "Yellowism", which he describes as "neither art, nor anti-art".

      "Yellowism is not art, and Yellowism isn't anti-art. It's an element of contemporary visual culture. It's not an artistic movement.

      "It's not art, it's not reality, it's just Yellowism. It can't be presented in a gallery of art, it can be presented only in a Yellowistic chambers.

      "The main difference between Yellowism and art is that in art you have got freedom of interpretation, in Yellowism you don't have freedom of interpretation, everything is about Yellowism, that's it.

      "I am a Yellowist. I believe what I am doing and I want people to start talking about this. It was like a platform.

      "I don't need to be famous, I don't want money, I don't want fame, I'm not seeking seeking attention.

      Source: Independent, 8th Oct. 2012

    • That is just great. Some idiot defaces a Rothko which is there for us, mere mortals, to enjoy, and compares himself to Duchamp. .

      Standing in front of a Rothko is one of the great joys in art. Now we will be moved further and further back from the work, further and further away from the great man in the name of security.

      We lose out: the idiot gets publicity and his star shines.

      Something is wrong.

      Paul Page 8th Oct. 2012

    • A man has been charged with defacing a Mark Rothko painting at London's Tate Modern gallery on Sunday, Scotland Yard has said.

      Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, a Polish national of no fixed abode, will appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

      Mr Umaniec, also known as Vladimir Umanets, is charged with one count of causing criminal damage in excess of £5,000.

      The artwork is a 1958 Seagram mural.

      Witnesses saw a man daub the Rothko mural on Sunday afternoon before fleeing the gallery.

      The Tate Modern was shut for a short period, then reopened at 15:25 BST.

      The gallery said it does not have a price for the defaced piece, but paintings by the Russian-born artist often fetch tens of millions of pounds.

      A spokeswoman said Tate's conservation team was assessing the damage.

      Earlier this year, Rothko's Orange, Red, Yellow sold for £53.8 million - the highest price paid for a piece of post-war art at auction.

      The painting went under the hammer at Christie's in New York.

      Source: BBC, 9th Oct. 2012

    • Mark Rothko, an American Jewish painter, is chiefly known today for his huge and beautiful abstract pictures with horizontal bands of colour melting into one another. Colours that are oblique at the edges but are so deep that you can almost drown in them.

      He was born in Latvia in 1903, then part of the Russian Empire, but went to America in 1913. He started painting in 1926 with a clear influence being Surrealism in his early work. It was quite different to the later work which Rothko built his reputation on, with more movement and swirling imagery.

      Until 1940, he was known as Marcus Rothkovich, but because of a fear of the rise of Nazi sympathy in the US and the thought of deportation for European Jews, not only did he change it to Mark Rothko in that year but became an American citizen.

      His first one-man show was at the Portland Museum in 1933 when he was 29.

      He was married twice, firstly to Edith Sachar, a successful jewelry designer, and secondly to Mary Alice Beistle, an illustrator of children’s books.

      His last studio at 157 East 69th Street, New York.

      After suffering long-term from depresion, Rothko committed sicide in 1970 by cutting his wrists. He was 66.

      As of July 2006, the record price paid for a Rothko painting is $22.5 million US dollars for Homage to Matisse.

      Selected Works:


      • London (Tate Modern)
      • New York (Museum of Modern Art)


      mark rothko mark rothko / blue and grey, 1962 mark rothko / blue, green, and brown mark rothko / blue, orange, red, 1961 mark rothko / blue, orange, red mark rothko / earth and green
      mark rothko / earth and green mark rothko / earth and green mark rothko / green, white and yellow on yellow mark rothko / no 14. white and greens in blue mark rothko / no 203, 1954 mark rothko / no. 10, brown, black, sienna on dark wine, 1963
      mark rothko / no. 12, c.1951 mark rothko / no. 14 (white and greens in blue), 1957 mark rothko / no. 2 (no. 7 and no. 20) mark rothko / no. 6 (violet, green and red), 1951 mark rothko / no. 61, rust and blue, 1953 mark rothko / number 12, 1951
      mark rothko / number 14, 1960 mark rothko / orange and yellow, 1956 mark rothko / orange and yellow mark rothko / orange on yellow mark rothko / orange, brown mark rothko / red on maroon
      mark rothko / red, white and brown, 1957 mark rothko / red, white, brown mark rothko / untitled - yellow, red, blue mark rothko / untitled (green, red on orange), 1951 mark rothko / untitled mark rothko / untitled, 1953
      mark rothko / untitled, 1955 mark rothko / untitled, 1961 mark rothko / untitled  (blue on blue ground), 1968 mark rothko / untitled No. 16, 1950 mark rothko / untitled no.12 mark rothko / untitled, 1949
      mark rothko / untitled, 1949 mark rothko / untitled, 1950 mark rothko / untitled, 1953 mark rothko / untitled, 1958 mark rothko / untitled, 1959 mark rothko / untitled, 1960
      mark rothko / untitled, 1962 mark rothko / untitled, 1969 mark rothko / untitled, 1969 mark rothko / untitled, brown and orange on maroon mark rothko / untitled, c.1950 mark rothko / untitled, c.1956
      mark rothko / untitled, c.1962 mark rothko / untitled mark rothko / untitled mark rothko / untitled mark rothko / violet and orange mark rothko / violet, green and red, 1951
      mark rothko / white and greens in blue, 1957 mark rothko / white center mark rothko / white cloud over purple mark rothko / white on blue, 1968 mark rothko / white over red mark rothko / yellow & blue

      Oct. 12: Mark Rothko - Rare Tate Postcard Book Extensively Scanned

      Mark Rothko Untitled (Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red), Art Print
      Mark Rothko Violet, Green and Red Art Print


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