Rothko and LeWitt at a glance

By: Louk Vreeswijk

May 01 2016


Category: Europe, Netherlands

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Right: a person looking attentively at one of Rothko’s last paintings (Untitled, 1969, acrylic on canvas) made shortly before he took his own life in 1970. Black above gray.

Middle: an open glass door. We leave the Rothko exhibition, and partly through, partly reflected in the glass of the door we see the broad lines of Wall Drawing # 373 by LeWitt which adorns since 1983 – with an interruption of two years – one of the stairwells of the Gemeentemuseum. A woman with a stick looks a bit lost.

Left: lines of LeWitt’s drawing on walls of the stairwell.

The more I look at this photo, the more I am intrigued by it. The four vertical bands that make up the entire picture show each quite distinct features, with a variation in perspectives of flatness and depth. Still, the overall visual impression is one of the flat plane of a painting.

Photo of the week: Glimpses of Mark Rothko and Sol LeWitt at Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Netherlands 2015

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