MFAH Artful Thursday Lecture: "Still, Rothko, Newman and the Triumph of American Painting"
During the late 1940s and early 1950s, artists Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman were a closely-knit trio of like-minded individuals. They showed at the same gallery, hung each other's shows and, above all, shared ideas about art — particularly the art they were making, which was beginning to be called Abstract Expressionism. Given the recent unsealing of the Clyfford Still Estate, which contained 95 percent of Still's artistic output as well as his extensive archives, new insights are now available into these artists and their work.
In this talk, Dean Sobel shares his insights about these artists' personal and artistic relationships, the key ways in which their art overlaps, and the various disagreements that began to emerge, which led to great acrimony among the three until their deaths.