Saturday, January 1, 2011

Review: Rothko by Taschen Publishing

Rothko (Portfolio)Rothko by Taschen Publishing

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a general note, I am very pleased with the care Taschen puts into their art books.

The book gave a very good precis of Rothko's life in a small volume. This is a slim and affordable book, but the illustrations are incredibly well chosen, and the color printing is just fabulous. The version I bought was a trade paperback.

With Rothko's work, much relies on subtle flutterings of hue and value and luminous variations of nearly monochrome fields, and merely good illustrations would lose so much. The selections give a good representation of Rothko's work, especially his signature style, and enough of his earlier work to give a good flavor of his development.

If I were rating just the color reproductions I would give it 5 stars.

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