Illumination I at the Rothko Chapel

In 2006, the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, invited Michael Somoroff to place his majestic sculptural installation, Illumination I on the campus grounds. It was the first such invitation ever made by the Chapel, and the only addition to it since Barnet Newman’s Broken Obelisk was placed there some 30 years prior. This book tells the story of this groundbreaking installation, from its conceptualization through its unveiling–in formal and documentary photographs, diagrams and studies. The art historian and author of Mark Rothko’s catalogue raisonné, David Anfam, contributes a text, as do Rothko’s son, Christopher Rothko, and the artist.

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