rothko re-interpreted in rice by henry hargreaves and caitlin levin

 

 

 

 

in light of recent events surrounding the defacing of mark rothko’s work ‘maroon on black’ at the tate modern in london, brooklyn-based photographer henry hargreaves and stylist caitlin levin have sent designboom images of their reinterpretations of the famed artist’s work in rice. the duo have a keen interest in experimenting with the medium of food – the vandalism incident proving there to be a  greater link to food and rothko’s artwork than expected. in 1958, rothko was commissioned to paint an installation for the new four seasons restaurant in NY. at this time the four seasons  was considered the best in dining in NY and the request was a strange commission for him to accept as he despised the showy identity the restaurant was hoping to generate for itself.

rothko reinterpreted in rice by henry hargreaves + caitlin levin a mural re-interpreting one of rothko’s ‘seagram’ murals

 

 

rothko claimed he:’ 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.’ after completing 40 works he went back on the offer returned the money and the series is now split between the tate in london, national gallery in washington, DC and the kawamura memorial museum in japan.

rothko reinterpreted in rice by henry hargreaves + caitlin levin the pieces were created in light of the recent rothko vandalism

rothko reinterpreted in rice by henry hargreaves + caitlin levin

the project showed there to be an intriguing link between food and rothko’s artwork

rothko reinterpreted in rice by henry hargreaves + caitlin levin

in 1958, rothko created murals for the four seasons hotel in an attempt to ‘ruin the appetite of every son of a bitch who eats in that room‘

rothko reinterpreted in rice by henry hargreaves + caitlin levin

after completing 40 works for the restaurant rothko went back on the offer returned the money

rothko reinterpreted in rice by henry hargreaves + caitlin levin

process image showing the dying of the rice

rothko reinterpreted in rice by henry hargreaves + caitlin levin

the different shades achieved through the coloring process

rothko reinterpreted in rice by henry hargreaves + caitlin levin

the artistic duo

rothko reinterpreted in rice by henry hargreaves + caitlin levin

arranging the rice to mimic a rothko piece

rothko reinterpreted in rice by henry hargreaves + caitlin levin

the artists used a mold to create the pieces

rothko reinterpreted in rice by henry hargreaves + caitlin levin the pieces near completion