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Mark Rothko, No. 16 (Red, Brown, and Black), 1958. Oil on canvas, 8' 10 5/8" x 9' 9 1/4" (The Museum of Modern Art)
Rothko wanted his paintings hung as low as possible, so the viewer could enter the painting.

Mark Rothko (at MoMA)


Richard Serra, Band
Serra’s sculpture creates new spaces within the architecture of the room.

Richard Serra, Band





James Rosenquist, F-111
This war machine seemed obsolete before it was finished; Rosenquist explains why he painted it with SpaghettiOs.

James Rosenquist, F-111




Barnett B. Newman, Onement I, 1948 at MoMA
What separates Newman’s paintings from what a house painter paints?

Barnett Newman



people viewing Ad Reinhardt at MoMA
Be patient! From the depths of Reinhardt’s black canvases, color and shapes emerge.

Ad Reinhardt




Franz Kline detail from MoMA video
Abstract Expressionists are sometimes thought of as solitary figures—Kline wasn’t.

Franz Kline