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Mark Rothko and The Four Seasons restaurant

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Mark Rothko and The Four Seasons restaurant

Congratulations to "Red" on winning 6 Tony awards---including Best Play.

I'm told the play is about the artist, Mark Rothko (played by Alfred Molina) who in 1958 was commissioned to create art for The Four Seasons restaurant in nyc.

It seems that the art that Rothko created never went into the restaurant. Anyone care to comment on The Four Seasons and the art that is there?

According to their website, "Red" will close Sunday June 27.

Any chance of it being extended because of the awards and publicity?

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The most famous art there is a curtain painted by Picasso. It was actually up for auction a few years back but ended up being taken off the block after complaints about its sale.

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Probably not--- plays are rarely extended because the principals have other commitments and if they have already announced a closing date they probably will stick to it. Too bad you missed it . I saw it and it was quite good.

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I think I might be proud to say that in any of the times I've been to the Four Seasons, I've never even noticed the art. The flowers are lovely, though, and the crowd is even better to observe.

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AlicePalace ... I was just going to make a similar comment. Art? I do kind of remember some unusual artwork in the hallway between the grill room and the pool room.

Just a little off-topic aside ... I was disappointed about the fake trees at the Four Seasons. I was like, "What? Artificial trees at the Four Seasons?" And we went in May, so it's not like it was the dead of winter or anything.

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Well ..... back to Rothko and the play "Red". I wasn't aware that the play was about Rothko. I read an article in the Times that the show was first put on in England and had been moved to Broadway for a limited run. But have no doubt, Rothko is our man ..... a New York artist. This is where he worked and this is where he became famous.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Rothko

I read the entire play takes place in his studio. Here's a bit of play background (I presume).

redonbroadway.com/files/general/RedOnBroadwa…

Which makes me wonder where was Rothko's studio. Here's a nice website for adresses of famous New Yorkers

rightherenyc.com/THEYLIVEDHERE_artist.html

By chance I happened to be on the East side yesterday just a couple of blocks from 157 East 69th Street ..... so I walked by to see the carriage house. There goes all my visions of starving artist ..... go take a look at the site for yourself. It's one of the buildings attached to the New York School of Interior Design. Not too shabby!

But there was no plaque on the building mentioning the properties link to the famous artist. As I passed by there were foreign looking workers busy sanding the church like wooden doors. Probably oblivious to the paint stained hands that had once opened that sad portal.

I'm often accused of being oblique on the NYC Forum. Hey what's this guy Lotus talking about now? He he he ..... so I can see you scratching your head at this next songs 'six degrees of seperation' to Rothko ..... and why it came to mind ..... as I watched those workers sand away that unhappy painter's sad door.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo40aTe_3JM

Edited: 15 June 2010, 13:23
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Love that website LP. ;)

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Thanks Whiz !

Anyone interested in Mark Rothko or who saw the play "Red" would probably really like this BBC series "The Power of Art" and the episode about Rothko.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/powerofart/

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The Rothko story is rather compelling. NYC artist, NYC studio, NYC restaurant, NYC play on Broadway ..... it's oozing NYC. And the NYC drama continues. Yesterday's Wall Street Journal had an article mentioning that The Four Seasons wanted to purchase the red paintings produced on stage during the Broadway play and hang them in the same spot in the restaurant where Rothko's original paintings would have hung. Yikes ..... creepy! I guess the Four Seasons were somewhat maligned by the incident, and it was really no fault of their own, but given the attitude Rothko had to the whole thing, it would be a totally classless move to now try to gain publicity ..... (or revenge?) ..... at this stage of the game,

…wsj.com/article/…

Here's what the president of the Pace Gallery had to say about the idea;

"I think you're getting way too close to the edge of something weird, where an almost-completed-but-fake painting is hung in the place where the artist decided he was not going to let the real painting hang," he said. "I don't think anyone would go to art heaven for having organized such a thing. I'm not saying the earth opens up underneath you and you maybe instantly go to hell. It's just a possibility."

WELL COLOR ME ..... SQUIRMY !

If you ever have a chance, watch this one hour BBC show Power of Art and see just what we're talking about, what the play is about, and why it's an interesting story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ8AIIAgYpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZniebPuuTSQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdaOkaMAxY0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qUVGVVBRtQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpyXsKZoF4Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIS84HYbjHU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaZwBB7iPgY

Oh ..... and more important ..... then watch Rothko !!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFXBg6QrvJU

Edited: 17 June 2010, 13:36
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Tthat's an interesting development.....

With the passing of time---the dispute between Rothko and the restaurant happened 52 years ago---I don't see a problem in letting The Four Seasons hang the paintings if they want to.

The WSJ article said the paintings were going to be destroyed.

As far as I can tell, the artist had a problem with the customers, not the restaurant, anyway.

Have there been any other Broadway plays over the years that created a work of visual art like this on stage every performance?