"It's through this almost philosophical reduction in terms of his possibilities that he's able to open up infinite worlds in terms of terms of tone, color, and emotion in the paintings."

By the time of its execution, Black on Gray, 1969-70, found Rothko operating within a set of technical standards nearly unmatched in the pantheon of abstract painting. Rothko’s brushwork alone—especially within the space of his solidified colorings—is a wonder, both sparse in its application yet magnificent in its effect. Zach Miner, head of the Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York, presents 'Untitled (Black on Gray)' from final cycle of work, 1969-70.

See this work: phillips.com/detail/MARK-ROTHKO/NY010713/18

Produced by Phillips (2013)
Director/Editor: Matt Kroening
Producer: Megan Newcome

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