Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel


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Yale University Press
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5.1 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Annie Cohen-Solal's books include Sartre: A Life (a best-seller translated into sixteen languages), Painting American (Académie des Beaux arts Prize), and Leo & His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli (ArtCurial Prize).


"Once again, Annie Cohen-Solal has done it. As with her book on Leo Castelli, she has managed to bring not only Mark Rothko, but his time, to life. This book is a grand blend of biography, cultural history, and art criticism. Rare is the scholar who can pull it off so masterfully."--David N. Myers, Professor of Jewish History, UCLA History Department--David N. Myers
"Gripping . . . meticulous . . . this novelistic account is a rewarding close-up of Rothko's . . . experience as a Jewish immigrant."--Publishers Weekly, starred review--Publishers Weekly
"Cohen-Solal's study of Mark Rothko is notable for her ability to link his strong Jewish ties to his changing, evolving art. Her access to newly available archives enables her comprehensive portrait of the man . . . A sure hit for fans of art history, and readers looking to understand modern art and especially abstraction will find this wonderfully enlightening."--Kirkus Reviews--Kirkus Reviews
"[A] tightly focused, profoundly clarifying biography . . . A defining and affecting tribute to a modern master."--Booklist, starred review--Booklist
'In this moving and readable biography, Cohen-Solal tells the story of Rothko's life through the prism of his Jewishness.'--Marcus Field, the Independent.
-- (03/14/2015)
"It's unlikely that many of Rothko's admirers understand his art as he wanted it understood. . . . Annie Cohen-Solal . . . corrects our perceptions in Mark Rothko."--National Post--National Post
"This compact study places Rothko's development within the context of the evolution of American art in the mid-twentieth century . . . Cohen-Solal subtly demonstrates the link between Rothko's three outsider statuses (artist, immigrant, and Jew), his color-block canvases, and his essential Americanness."--New Yorker--New Yorker
"Illuminating . . . Impressively sourced . . . A sublime little volume."--Washington Times--Washington Times
"An admirable attempt to construct a coherent framework around what is undeniably a complicated, not to say messy, life."--Washington Post--Washington Post
"Engrossing."--Times Higher Education Supplement--Times Higher Education Supplement
"Cohen-Solal's work is well-written and well-argued, and will be of interest to anyone concerned with Rothko, modern art, American intellectual history or the politics and processes of Jewish identity and assimilation."--Cleveland Plain Dealer--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Cohen-Solal has made an important contribution with a well-researched book about Rothko's life."--New Criterion--New Criterion