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Christopher Rothko on his father's artistic legacy


In November 2017 Christopher Rothko, son of Mark Rothko, presented a lecture at Sheldon in which he shared his perspective on his father’s career and artistic legacy. Part of the museum’s CollectionTalk series, his presentation gave insight to the Sheldon-held painting Yellow Band.

Christopher Rothko is a psychologist and the author of Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out (Yale University Press, 2015). He is actively involved in managing the Rothko legacy by organizing and presenting exhibitions of his father’s work around the globe.


Christopher Rothko's CollectionTalk lecture was recorded November 9, 2017.


Mark Rothko
Daugavpils, Latvia 1903–New York, NY 1970
Yellow Band
Oil on canvas, 1956
86 × 79 1/2 inches
Sheldon Museum of Art, Nebraska Art Association, Thomas C. Woods Memorial, N-130.1961