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Mark Rothko: Works on Paper 1925-1970

May 6 – August 5, 1984
East Building, Upper Level and Mezzanine, Northeast, Pod I (6,000 sq. ft.)

Installation view of Mark Rothko: Works on Paper 1925-1970, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives


This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 86 works by Rothko were shown, almost all from the Mark Rothko Foundation and ranging in date from the late 1920s through 1970, the year of the artist's suicide. Opening at the National Gallery, this 2-year (1984-1986) traveling exhibition was organized by the American Federation of Arts with the Mark Rothko Foundation, under the direction of Bonnie Clearwater, foundation curator.

Organization: E.A. Carmean Jr. and Laura Coyle were coordinators at the Gallery. At the close of the tour, 40 works from the exhibition were given to the Gallery, part of the donation of 285 works.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by a grant from Warner Communications, Inc.

Petit journal: Mark Rothko: Works on Paper, by Bonnie Clearwater. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1984.

Attendance: 153,853

Catalog: Mark Rothko: Works on Paper, by Bonnie Clearwater. New York: American Federation of Arts and the Mark Rothko Foundation, 1980.

Rothko, Mark
American, 1903 - 1970
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