Mark Rothko 1968: Clearing Away

8 Oct-13 Nov 2021


Pace is honoured to inaugurate its new London gallery with “Mark Rothko 1968: Clearing Away”, an exhibition of rarely seen paintings on paper from the final years of Mark Rothko’s life. On view October 8 – November 13 at 5 Hanover Square, this landmark exhibition will be the first in the United Kingdom that is solely dedicated to the artist’s extraordinary paper-based practice. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring an introduction by Christopher Rothko and a new essay by art historian Eleanor Nairne, curator at the Barbican Art Gallery.

“Mark Rothko 1968: Clearing Away” brings together key paintings from Rothko’s renowned body of work made in the late 1960s—a significant and prolific period in the artist’s life. In the wake of a particularly difficult bout of ill health and a tumultuous time in his personal life, Rothko was forced to reduce the scale of his practice from his signature monumental canvas to more intimately sized paper. Despite physical limitations, Rothko worked feverishly with a renewed enthusiasm for color, delighted by the effect of acrylic paint, which he had newly discovered.

Reproduction, including downloading of Rothko Art works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express permission of the copyright holder. Requests for reproduction should be directed to Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Rothko at Pace Gallery Press Release