Rothko: Dark Palette

Beginning in about 1957, Rothko’s palette darkened, as the bright yellows, reds, pinks, and oranges of earlier works in his classic format yielded to burgundy, plum, brown, blue-green, and black. This exhibition, at Pace Gallery’s 510 West 25th Street location in New York, assembled works borrowed from the collections of Rothko’s children, Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko; Albright-Knox Art Gallery; National Gallery of Art; Museum of Modern Art; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and private collections. With a total of 19 works, Dark Palette featured 11 large canvases, including the show’s earliest painting from 1955 as well as a mural from the abandoned 1958–1959 commission for the Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building, New York, and 8 paintings on paper made in 1968 and 1969. The catalog includes an introduction written by Arne Glimcher, founder of the Pace Gallery and a friend of Rothko’s, brief quotations by the artist, and short essays by Christopher Rothko.

  • Rothko: Dark Palette, Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, New York, November 4, 2016–January 7, 2017. Photography by Kerry Ryan McFate, courtesy Pace Gallery.