Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Rothko's No. 14

Very few artist respected their art more than Rothko did. In 1958, the Four Season hotel in New York offered him a commission of $2.5 million for few of his large canvases. Rothko was skeptical, worrying that the clients of the Four Season's upscale restaurant and hotel will never understand the message behind his art. He initially accepted their commission, but later he refused to hang his works in Four Season. This was one of the rare instances when art triumphed over money.