Rothko Chapel: An Oasis for Reflection

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Rothko Chapel: An Oasis for Reflection

This first look at the recently restored Rothko Chapel, a world-renowned destination for spiritual renewal, is published on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The Rothko Chapel-home to 14 monumental modernist paintings by the pioneer abstract expressionist Mark Rothko-is an interfaith sacred space dedicated to global human rights, art, and spirituality.

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Pamela Smart, Stephen Fox, David Leslie (Introduction), Christopher Rothko (Foreword)

This first look at the recently restored Rothko Chapel, a world-renowned destination for spiritual renewal, is published on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The Rothko Chapel-home to 14 monumental modernist paintings by the pioneer abstract expressionist Mark Rothko-is an interfaith sacred space dedicated to global human rights, art, and spirituality. Arts patrons and philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil founded the chapel in 1971 in Houston. They placed their utmost faith in Rothko's vision of expressing the profound, the miraculous, and regard for the sanctity of the human spirit.

Through all-new photography and scholarship, this large-format volume provides an intimate look at this sacred space, where visitors seek solace and inspiration within a sanctuary featuring Rothko's iconic paintings. Pamela Smart discusses the spiritual side and Stephen Fox puts the architecture in the context of Houston. The Chapel has been reworked within an expanded campus to enhance the experience for its many visitors, who sit in stillness or move through the serene octagonal enclosure. The reinstalled skylight reveals the nuances of Rothko's powerful panels and creates connection to the outdoors.


  • Hardcover
  • 132 pages
  • 11.3 x 0.8 x 10.28 inches
  • Published 2021
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Artist Mark Rothko
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