Mark Rothko

Rothko and Sugimoto set the pace at Pace

Monochromatic works by both artists will be juxtaposed in Pace's new London location

Eight paintings by Mark Rothko and eight photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto will inaugurate the Pace Gallery’s new London location (4 October-17 November). Designed by the British architect David Chipperfield, the gallery joins Pace’s spaces in London’s Soho, New York and Beijing and will boast 9,000 sq. ft of exhibition space at 6 Burlington Gardens, Mayfair. Rothko’s work will include a series of black and grey paintings juxtaposed with Sugimoto’s monochrome photographs from the “Seascapes” series (above, Bay of Sagami Atami, 1997). The show aims to explore the philosophical kinship between the artists and their quest to explore space and emotion through a limited colour range. Of their shared interest in geometrically stark compositional divides Sugimoto says: “I sometimes think I see a dark horizon cutting across Mark Rothko’s paintings.”

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Rothko and Sugimoto set the Pace'

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 239 October 2012