Book jacket with a photo of Mark Rothko for 'Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel' by Annie Cohen-Solal

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Annie Cohen-Solal—Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel

In Conversation with Jori Finkel

Thursday, March 19, 8:00 p.m.

About the Program

Join esteemed writer and academic Annie Cohen-Solal (Sartre: A Life) as she discusses her new biography of artist Mark Rothko with arts reporter Jori Finkel (Art Newspaper, New York Times).

Within just a few decades, Rothko went from being a student at Yale—where he felt marginalized for his Russian Jewish origins—to becoming a renowned painter hailed as a pioneer by critics. Cohen-Solal’s fascinating book draws from exclusive archival material to tell this unlikely story of how a young immigrant became a crucial transforming agent of the art world—one whose legacy prevails to this day.

A Q&A and book signing will follow the program.

"This book is a grand blend of biography, cultural history, and art criticism. Rare is the scholar who can pull it off so masterfully."
—David N. Myers, Professor of Jewish History, UCLA History Department

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