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Mark Rothko Paintings Vs Hiroshi Sugimoto Photography

By Yasoypintor @antoniobasso

Comparing Rothko paintings with Sugimoto´s photography.

London´s Pace Gallery a leading contemporary art gallery is exhibiting Rothko paintings and Sugimoto seascapes. The abstract paintings and landscape photographies exhibited are worldwide considered as masterpieces.

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London Pace Gallery exhition

As you may already know, Rothko said that his colorful abstract paintings represented men´s inner and mainnly desperate, sad, kind of “depressive” moods. It all had to do with men´s existance self pain. He was obssesed about transmiting this, and during over 20 years he almost finished with any possible color combinations trying to explain it. But people did not agree with Rothko and considered his paintings to transmit right the opposite: joy, happiness, relaxation…

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Rothko untitled 1969

I do believe that Rothko right at the end of his artistic career and life, finally found the way to transmit what he had tryed for almost two decades. This gray abstract paintings exhibited in London reflect what I mean.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto seascapes

What Iroshi Sugimoto does has nothing to do with what Rothko did, although the final art work, in this case photography, may seem similar. I believe this japanese polyvalent artist mainly tryes to capture light right in a concrete moment. He doesn´t talk about emotions, although the photographies may transmit them. To me, the final result is not as powerful as Rothko black and gray paintings, and obvious similarities have to do with the fact that both artists divided the surface in two simetrical parts and used the same palete.

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Mark Rothko. Orange and yellow

Let me propose you all an interesting and more optimistic exhibition where Rothko colorful paintings would be confronted with Hiroshi colorful photography. It would also be interested to see both artworks at the same place and instead of the sadness and hardness we feel while watching the current London Pace exhibition, emotions of joy, enthusiasm and positive energy would emerge all around. Dont´you agree? :)

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Hermes, Sugimoto at Basel

I´m not going to be able to visit this exhibition. If you have the lucky chance to do it, please explain your oppinion about it here?. What do you have to say about the above art works?

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