Mark Rotko o svojoj umetnosti

Fotografije sa izložbe Marka Rotka načinila je Sandra Lusada. Izložba se održala u galeriji Vajtčepl 1961. godine. Doba hladnog rata odrazilo se na stvaralačku estetiku. Socijalnom realizmu suprostavljena je apstrakcija u svojim različitim oblicima i „agregatnim stanjima“, kako u samoj Americi (Rotko-Polok relacija), tako i u Evropi, nudeći publici umetnost pod nazivom enformel.

Bez forme, bez konkretnog čulnog oblika, u empiriji ponuđenog, slikari se vraćaju značaju stvaralačkog akta koji favorizuju u odnosu na predmetnu prikazanost za koju smatraju da, u odnosu na boju, nije inherenta slikarstvu. U narednim redovima, a u odnosu i sa priloženim fotografijama. može se bolje razumeti stvaralačka pozicija ovog slikara, značajnog za razvoj i razumevanje umetnosti 20. veka.

When I was a younger man, art was a lonely thing. No galleries, no collectors, no critics, no money. Yet, it was a golden age, for we all had nothing to lose and a vision to gain. Today it is not quite the same. It is a time of tons of verbiage, activity, consumption. Which condition is better for the world at large I shall not venture to discuss. But I do know that many of those who are driven to this life are desperately searching for those pockets of silence where we can root and grow. We must all hope we find them.

I do not believe that there was ever a question of being abstract or representational. It is really a matter of ending this silence and solitude, of breathing, and stretching one’s arms again transcendental experiences became possible.

It’s a risky business to send a picture out into the world. How often it must be impaired by the eyes of the unfeeling and the cruelty of the impotent who could extend their affliction universally!

You might as well get one thing straight. I am not an abstractionist.. I am not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I am interested only in expressing basic human emotions – tragedy, ecstasy, doom and so on. And the fact that a lot of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate those basic human emotions. The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them. And if you, as you say, are moved only by their color relationships then you miss the point.