Mark Rothko, the great abstract expressionist painter, has been a favorite of the art world for decades. And though Rothko didn’t need the recent reexamination that the Tony Award winning play “Red” has brought, it has happened.
In Sunday’s Arts section cultural critic Philip Kennicott reexamines the thesis of “Red,” which opens at Arena Stage Jan. 20. How did the National Gallery of Art become the repository for so much Rothko is discussed by arts reporter Jacqueline Trescott.
The section also looks at Todd Rosenthal’s set in an article called “Red Hot Red Set.” And there’s a mini-gallery of the Rothkos in Washington that are out in the open, such as the Phillips Collection’s meditative Rothko Room, and some that are out of sight.
The National Gallery, Arena Stage and the Phillips are all sponsoring special programs during the play’s run.
Arena is hosting a panel discussion on “Red” following the Sunday matinee on Jan. 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26; and March 4.
Arena is joining the Phillips for “A Valentine to the Arts” on Feb. 2 from 5-8:30 p.m. Participants may be asked to act out scenes from the paintings.
A very dramatic take on Rothko and the Seagram commission follows: