Review by Rory A.A. Hinton
The following quote from Rothko is worth the price of the book. It indicates just how divided the Abstract Expressionists were over the notion of worth. When it comes to the dividing line between creativity and commerce, you are either a Mark Rothko or a Barnett Newman. Rothko ended up on the right side of art history. His healthy bourgeois existence made the message of Pop Art possible: American capitalism is an artistic achievement. His art is as commercial as it is fine.
"After Rothko's art was declared to be a good investment by no less a financial authority than Forbes magazine, the relationship between Rothko and his uncompromising colleagues Still and Newman only worsened further in the mid-1950s. They accused Rothko of harboring an unhealthy yearning for a bourgeois existence, and finally stamped him as a traitor."
Jacob Baal-Teshuva. Rothko. Taschen. 2003.