Mark Rothko, recently refreshed by a notorious act of Yellowism at the Tate, has been at the heart of all kinds of controversy as of late and is now a subject of new art series. Brooklyn-based photographer Henry Hargreaves and stylist Caitlin Levin, decided to recreate the iconic artist’s work in a new medium. Introducing: Rothko in Rice. The pieces focus on the iconic artist’s Seagram Murals, a series of 40 works he created for New York’s Four Seasons Restaurant in 1958. Rothko, notably not a fan of the upper-class consumerist identity, agreed to do the series for the Four Seasons, basically out of spite, which he affirmed with the following statement:
“(I) tried to create something that will ruin the appetite of every son-of-a-bitch who ever eats in that room. if the restaurant would refuse to put up my murals, that would be the ultimate compliment. but they won’t. people can stand anything these days,”
He shortly withdrew from the project and gave back the money, but not before he completed 40 murals. The pieces consequently ended up scattered on public displays around the world. Eloquent badassery deserves to be immortalized, even if it’s in rice.