The Portland Art Museum has just opened the Pacific Northwest’s first retrospective of celebrated abstract expressionist Mark Rothko’s work. That is a somewhat shocking fact, given that Rothko spent formative years of his childhood in Portland and this very museum was the first to host a Rothko solo show, back in the 1930s.
This exhibit is well worth the wait. More than 40 paintings are on display until May 27 – most from the Rothko estate and some which haven’t been seen for over 50 years – ranging from his earliest works to those powerful and profound abstract pieces for which he is best known. (more…)