Artists and the Rothko Chapel

50 Years of Inspiration

Edited by Frauke V. Josenhans; With a foreword by Christopher Rothko and contributions by Sam Gilliam, Sheila Hicks, Shirazeh Houshiary, Byron Kim, Brice Marden, and David Novros

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A celebration of Houston’s Rothko Chapel on its fiftieth anniversary, featuring work by contemporary artists responding to its continuing impact​

Artists and the Rothko Chapel celebrates the legacy of the Rothko Chapel in Houston and globally, highlighting how it has inspired artists since its founding in 1971. The catalogue reflects on the Chapel’s past while looking toward its future, featuring recent work by four contemporary artists—Sam Gilliam, Sheila Hicks, Shirazeh Houshiary, and Byron Kim—as well as illustrating the 1975 exhibition Marden, Novros, Rothko: Painting in the Age of Actuality shown at Rice University. The volume includes interviews with Brice Marden and David Novros, statements from the artists about their work’s relationship to the Chapel, and testimonies by local figures reflecting on questions of spirituality, identity, and equality. With new photography of the installations and of the recently restored Chapel, this vividly illustrated catalogue is a testament to the enduring impact of the non-denominational space Mark Rothko created. 

Frauke V. Josenhans is the associate curator at the Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University. Christopher Rothko is a writer and psychologist, and is on the Board of Directors of the Rothko Chapel, Houston.


Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University
(February 23–May 15, 2021)

ISBN: 9780300257885
Publication Date: June 15, 2021
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University
160 pages, 7 3/4 x 10
96 color + 18 b/w illus.
The Artist's Reality

Philosophies of Art

Mark Rothko; Edited and with an introduction by Christopher

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Mark Rothko

From the Inside Out

Christopher Rothko

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Artists in Exile

Expressions of Loss and Hope

Frauke V.

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Mark Rothko

Toward Clarity

Edited by Sabine Haag and Jasper Sharp; With an introductio

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