“For numerous artists today who reflect on questions of the environment, identity, human rights, and social justice in their work, the same qualities expressed in Mark Rothko’s paintings can help generate new and urgent reflections on our society and its future,” writes the show’s curator, Frauke V. Josenhans, in the exhibition catalogue. “New generations of artists have pushed the boundaries of Color Field painting, translating the same aesthetic concern to other media as well.
“These artists embrace the transformative, spiritual, and humanistic power of chromatic abstraction,” Josenhans continues, “even while engaging with varied media, such as video and textiles.”
In time with this anniversary, we share below the words of five leading contemporary artists—Houshiary, Hicks, Kim,
—reflecting on the resounding influence of Rothko.