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In pictures: Rothko exhibition

Mark Rothko

The first major exhibition dedicated to the later works of Mark Rothko (1903-1970) will open at Tate Modern on Friday.

Mark Rothko. Untitled 1969, National Gallery of Art, Washington. © 1998 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko

It features more than 50 works, including paintings and works on paper, from the final part of Rothko's career between 1958 and 1970.

Mark Rothko. Black on Maroon Mural, Section 3 1959, Tate. © 1998 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko.

The exhibition brings together a group of 15 Seagram murals, commissioned in 1958 to adorn the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan's newly built Seagram building.

Mark Rothko. Untitled (Brown and Gray) 1969, National Gallery of Art, Washington. © 2008 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko.

It also features Rothko's large-scale Brown on Gray works on paper, and works from his last series Black on Gray, made in 1969-70.

Mark Rothko. Untitled 1959, Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Sakura. © 1998 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko.

For the first time in their history the nine Tate Seagram murals will be joined by related Seagram paintings from the Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Japan, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Mark Rothko. Four Darks in Red 1958, Whitney museum of American Art, New York. © 1998 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko

The exhibition is open to the public at Tate Modern, on London's South Bank, until 1 February 2009.



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