The Legacy of Mark Rothko

The Legacy of Mark Rothko At the time of Mark Rothko s apparent suicide in the deeply troubled pioneering artist of Abstract Expressionism was at the height of fame and financial success yet within months of the funeral

  • Title: The Legacy of Mark Rothko
  • Author: Lee Seldes
  • ISBN: 9780306807251
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the time of Mark Rothko s apparent suicide in 1970, the deeply troubled, pioneering artist of Abstract Expressionism was at the height of fame and financial success yet within months of the funeral, his three trusted friends, acting as executors, relinquished his entire legacy of 800 paintings to the powerful, international Marlborough Galleries run by Frank Lloyd foAt the time of Mark Rothko s apparent suicide in 1970, the deeply troubled, pioneering artist of Abstract Expressionism was at the height of fame and financial success yet within months of the funeral, his three trusted friends, acting as executors, relinquished his entire legacy of 800 paintings to the powerful, international Marlborough Galleries run by Frank Lloyd for a fraction of their real worth on terms suspiciously unfavorable to the estate The suit that Rothko s daughter brought against the executors and Marlborough rocked the art world with its shocking revelations of corruption in the international art trade from the deceptions practiced on Rothko when he was alive to the scandals after his death involving conspiracies and cover ups, double dealings and betrayals, missing paintings and manipulated markets, phony sales and laundered profits, forgery and fraud.

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    1. The journalist Lee Seldes attended the eight month trial in which the Rothko children, by that time orphans, sued the executors of their father's estate and the gallery which had near-exclusive rights to sell his works. It's a fairly horrifying tale; Mark Rothko's wishes were disregarded and the estate was cheated out of millions of dollars through self-dealing, fraudulent sales of paintings, and painting-laundering. Kate Rothko, Mark's daughter, was only 20 when she initiated the civil suit and [...]

    2. I stood in front of the Chapel paintings at the Tate in London and was terribly moved by those beautiful, haunting paintings. Then I bought the book and after feeling sad, I was angered. Powerful book.

    3. Probaby will be of interest only to those who absolutely love Rothko's work. Or those who want to learn more about the contemporary art world.

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