American Masters, Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous
Friday, Oct. 25, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 am
Also airs on Fusion on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m.; and Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 9:30 p.m.
One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Mark Rothko’s signature style helped define Abstract Expressionism, the movement that shifted the center of the art world from Paris to New York. This documentary is an intimate portrait of the celebrated painter whose luminous canvases now set records at international auctions.
Interviews with Rothko’s children, Kate and Christopher, as well as leading curators, art historians and conservators present a comprehensive look at the artist’s life and career, complemented by original scenes with Alfred Molina in the role of Rothko. Molina performs segments from Rothko’s diaries, and the documentary features clips from the six-time Tony-winning play “Red.”
“Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous” follows the artist’s rise in the art world alongside Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell and others as Abstract Expressionism took the art world by storm.
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