reply to post by Skyfloating
Re: 'He's Big' deception - indeed, but he is really big due to his specific place in time/history which will never be replicated, and is therefore
'Big' in terms of the cumulative wake of material written about him, images published, marketed and sold etc...a guaranteed market (until perhaps it
stops getting taught/exhibited).
If Mr Rothko (MkII) suddenly re-materialised and began creating the same works now, and even if MkI had been wiped from human experience and history,
I agree MkIIs chances for fame, recognition or art-historical or cultural significance could be expected to fall way short of anything we see of Mr
Rothko MkIs legacy, and chances are MkII may fail entirely to find a market/funding to complete his original portfolio as it was at all, without
deviating aesthetically to accommodate his contemporary buyers or critics.
Indeed, it is likely that this would be the case for a very heavy majority of artists in (western) art history. Even great classical masters would
find themselves working in the margins, consigned to obscurity and achieveing fractions of the prices of their MkI counterparts?
Relic, provenance, commercial potential, documented places in art/cultural history, wake of influence, poster sale ratings for past 30 years, that's
the key I think?