|A 'Rothko- esque' image on the programme|
There were several things impressive about the production, one of them was the staging but beyond that was the hard work by the Actors who were very much present for the complete non-interrupted 90 minutes (in fact Alfred Molina was on stage nearly 10 minutes before the scheduled start).
As well as a drama it was a useful piece describing the place for Abstract Expressionism and 'Color Field' work in the development of 20th century western art.
Rothko first came to my notice via the excellent 20th Century Art introductory course from Nick Pearson held at OPEN Ealing a few years back.
Certainly Rothko's work developed and there is (it is more apparent to me now) a connection with Turner but he was labelled as 'angry' - as well as Rothko I'm keen to find out more about Jackson Pollock (aka Jack the Dripper) one of Rothko's contemporaries who's style of creation of his work I fear gets more coverage than the product.
[It feels now surprising to me that I didn't reference the play in my own year of red].
The play was not condescending nor did it talk down to its audience - I'm going to go back to Tate Modern to look more closely at The Seagram Rothkos very soon.
Amongst those entering the foyer with us was the BBC newscaster and journalist Clive Myrie -funnily enough also going to the play - we saw Mark Austin (then an ITN Journalist who is now with Sky News) when we saw the the Blue Man Group a few years back - who next?
|Might be worth moving closer.|
The Real Greek
Ahead of the play we had a very nice Greek(-ish) meal at nearby (St Martin's Lane) The Real Greek, to me a cross between a traditional Greek Restaurant and a Tapas eatery - with an added fusion twist - many thanks Lee.