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Long Spells of Looking

Peter Campbell: Pretty Rothko, 17 September 1998

Mark Rothko 
edited by Jeffrey Weiss.
Yale/National Gallery of Art, Washington, 352 pp., £40, April 1998, 0 300 07505 7
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Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas 
by David Anfam.
Yale/National Gallery of Art, Washington, 708 pp., £75, August 1998, 0 300 07489 1
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... There is a picture of Mark Rothko taken at his East Hampton studio in 1964. He is sitting on one of those solid wooden beach chairs that stand around on the porches of Long Island summer cottages, looking at one of his own paintings as one might look at the sea, patiently pursuing all that his picture has in it. He was famous for this: for attending on the effect of each change in the angle or intensity of light, for looking close up and far off ...

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