A New Acquisition by Mark Rothko

In 1977, the Smart Museum acquired a large painting by Mark Rothko as the result of a generous gift by Mrs. Albert D. Lasker, who acquired the painting from the artist himself.

In this nine page booklet, Russell Bowman, then a Ph.D. candidate in the Univeristy of Chicago's Department of Art, explores the background, techniques, and themes of all Rothko pieces as well as delves into a thorough exploration of the Smart Museum's newly acquired piece itself.


Russell Bowman with a short introduction by Edward A. Maser

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9 pages

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