“By the end of this decade, the rectangular bands that quietly described the backgrounds of earlier paintings became the essential fields of his mature works,” DAM modern-art curator Gwen Chanzit explains. Most of the 28 paintings in the exhibit come from the National Gallery of Art’s expansive Rothko collection; the addition of eleven works by related abstract-expressionist painters, including Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and Still, will strengthen the context of Rothko’s transformation.
Figure to Field, which provides a contemplative counterpoint to the DAM’s concurrent Nick Cave extravaganza, opens today at the DAM, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, and continues through September 29; admission is included in the museum gate fee of $3 to $13. Go to denverartmuseum.org or call 720-865-5000 for information.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: June 23. Continues through Sept. 29, 2013