Preview what Portland Art Museum will hang by Mark Rothko in February
by: Courtesy photo Mark Rothko’s “No. 14,” dating from about 1951, is one of many major works by the artist that will be featured at the Portland Art Museum beginning Feb. 18.

As a port city, Portland has long been recognized as a place where people from throughout the world landed in the U.S. to seek their dreams. Few achieved their dreams as successfully as abstract artist Mark Rothko, who emigrated from Russia as a 10-year-old in the early 20th century and became one of his generation's leading artists.

Rothko's work is on display at the Portland Art Museum from Feb. 18-May 27, but visitors to Hillsboro's Walters Cultural Arts Center will get a primer for the display on Tuesday with 'Mark Rothko: Portland to New York,' a talk by PAM senior development Associate Caroline Kim.

The free talk offers attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the artist, whose works range from figurative paintings to colorful abstract creations. The exhibit is the first Portland retrospective of Rothko's work.

Rothko, who died in 1970, had his debut exhibit in 1933 at the Portland Art Museum before moving on to become a figurehead of the art world.

Known for broad canvases lacking figural representations but laden with stunning colors which made him one of the widest known artists in the world, among the ranks of Jackson Pollack and Wassily Kandinsky.

'Mark Rothko: Portland to New York' takes place Tues., Jan 17 at 7 pm at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 East Main St., Hillsboro. To learn more, call 615-3485 or visit

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