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Mark Rothko

New York Mid-Century : 1945-65 

En Français chez Hazan
aux USA chez Vendome Press :

en Grande Bretagne, chez Thames & Hudson :

en Allemagne, chez Brandstätter :


en version espagnole
El Pais here

El Mundo here

Christo à la fondation Maeght à Saint Paul de Vence

Mardi 20 septembre, 19h :bibliothèque Vaugirard, 154 rue Lecourbe 75015 Paris.
Conférence en conversation avec Jacques Pothier (professeur à l’Université Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines), sur New York 1945-1965, dans le cadre du tandem entre les villes de Paris et New York
More information here.
Monday, September, 7 pm : Y 92, NYC : On Albert O. Hirschman, Conversation with Professor Jeremy Adelman (Princeton University)
Wednesday, September 28, 12 noon : Princeton University, Department of History
Vivre le déracinement : Artists in the 20th century
Dans le cadre du colloque de rentrée du Collège de France : « Migrations, réfugiés, exil »
Jeudi 23 octobre, 15h30: Artistes déracinés, le cas de Mark Rothko


Paris, Grand Palais : January 25, 2016

Antwerpen : February 11, Instituut voor Joodse Studies, University of Antwerpen. More information here.

Publications, new book: : Vie des Idées. More information here.

Last ACS article in Libération : : Feb 2, 2015. More information here.

Last review on Mark Rothko in The New Criterion : More information here.


Geneva, CICAD : : May 1, 2016 in Geneva, CICAD, Salon du Livre. More information here.

Algiers : : May 2016, Algiers, Villa des Glycines conference. More information here.

Paris, mairie du 3° arrondissement : : June 21, 2016 IN Paris, mairie du 3° arrondissement on Leo Castelli. More information here.

New York : : September 19, 2016, 7 pm, Y92, New York: on Albert O. Hirschman, with Jeremy Adelman. More information here.

Princeton University : : September 21, 2016, Princeton University, Department of History. More information here.



Amsterdam : Sunday June 12, 2016, 4:00 pm : Changing the World, but how?, in conversation with Louise O. Fresco, National Public Library. More information here.

University of Antwerp : Thursday February 11, 2016, 8:00 pm: The Jewish Dimension in Mark Rothko’s Oeuvre, Institute of Jewish Studies. More information here.

Y92 in NYC : Monday, January 11, 2016, 6:30 pm: Mark Rothko, in conversation with Jeremy Adelman. More information here.

Norfolk (Virginia) : Sunday, January 10, 2016, Chrysler Museum at 2 pm : Mark Rothko. More information here.

Saturday, November 7, The Watermill Center at 7:30 pm. More information here.

Pictures here.


Washington, DC : Friday, October 30, 2015, 5:30 pm: Crosscurrents Forum, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

New York : Tuesday, November 3, Gagosian Shop on Madison Avenue, with Leonard Lauder. More information here.

Westport, CT : Sunday, November 1, Temple Israel, at 11 am. More information here.

Houston: Sunday, September 20, Museum of Fine Arts, at 2 pm. More information here.

Scranton, PA: Thursday, September 17, University of Scranton, The Schemel Forum, at noon. More information here.

Martha’s Vineyard: Saturday, September 12, The Chilmark Library. More information here.

Salisbury, CT: Thursday, September 10, the White Hart, at 7 pm.
by Maurice Moore on Aug 12, 2015
Cohen–Solal’s fascinating biography, based on considerable archival research, tells the unlikely story of how a young immigrant from Dvinsk became a crucial transforming agent of the art world—one whose legacy prevails to this day.”

The New York Times : Sunday Book Review
“Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel,” by Annie Cohen-Solal

June 25, 2015 | By Yaëlle Azagury
“The contribution of Jewish writers, musicians, movie directors and art critics from Eastern Europe to American cultural life in the 20th century is undeniable and has been copiously documented. Jewish artists, however, have largely escaped this scrutiny. Perhaps this is strictly owing to a scarcity of significant figures until the rise of abstraction in the second half of the century, which occurred, first and foremost, because of Judaism’s notorious aniconism and its vexed relationship with art.”

Mark Rothko & Ukraine update on Late Night Live
Wednesday 17th June | with Phillip Adams on RN


Conférence à Ewha University en Corée

Conférence à l’Université Yonsei de Seoul

FUSE BOOK REVIEW: Artist Mark Rothko — The Painter as Guru
May 31, 2015 | By Peter Walsh
“Artists are isolated in the United States as if they were living in Paleolithic Europe…. The isolation is unconceivable, crushing, unbroken, damning…. What can fifty do against a hundred and forty million?” True enough in the fall of 1947, when it was published in Horizon, this screed by critic Clement Greenberg was rendered obsolete almost as soon as it hit paper. By the early ’50s, those “fifty” obscure American artists (Greenberg exaggerates the smallness of the number but not by too much) became the leading masters of the contemporary art world: famous men (and a few women) whose images graced the covers of popular magazines and whose art was eagerly acquired by a new generation of curators and collectors, both at home and abroad.”

CONFERENCE – The American Club Of Paris

June 4th, 2015 at 12:30 pm | Luncheon at Cercle de l’Union Interallié





BOOK REVIEW – Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel,’ by Annie Cohen-Solal
The Washigton Post
May 9, 2015 | By Meryle Secrest
“Inside the Mark Rothko room at the Phillips Collection, the atmosphere is hushed, even reverential. People tiptoe in, slide onto seats and begin to stare. The room is dominated by a few large canvases in blocks of powerful color. The longer one stays, the more the works start to pulse and hum, as if taking on a life of their own. Rothko discovered some inexplicable, perhaps mystical secret that belies the apparent minimalism of his compositions. What was it?”

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
March 11, 2015.

Interview with Charlie Rose
April 07, 2015.

Times Higher Education
Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel, by Annie Cohen-Solal
2 April 2015 | By Tracey Warr
A sense of not belonging coloured an outsider’s journey to the avant-garde, learns Tracey Warr
From the sorrow wrought by prejudice to envy to malice, the strong emotions that coloured Mark Rothko’s life matched the depth and richness of his paintings. Annie Cohen-Solal’s engrossing biography follows “the difficult identity journey” of “the avant-garde painter [and] the avant-garde Jew”, re-examining his work in the historical contexts of both the pogroms in turn-of-the-century Russia and the golden age of capitalism in the US after the Second World War. In a valuable, detailed account of his life, as well as a vivid portrait of early 20th-century Europe and America, Cohen-Solal convincingly argues that migration and exile influenced Rothko’s pioneering abstract expressionist art.

Exploring Mark Rothko with Annie Cohen-Solal, in conversation with Peter Selz
Robert Fulford | March 31, 2015 |
Rothko biography traces the artist’s spiritual values back to his Jewish childhood
In the 1950s, Mark Rothko accepted a handsome commission, a series of murals for the Four Seasons restaurant in the new Seagram building on Park Avenue. He worked for eight months on his plan for the paintings and then visited the finished building to see where his work would hang. He hated the restaurant for its pretension. “A place where the richest bastards in New York will come to feed and show off,” he said.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Mar. 12-1 PM


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