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Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb on Creating Abstract Art

When a New York Times art critic reviewed Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb’s work, the artists responded with a letter that became a manifesto on abstract art. In it, they stressed being in favor of the “simple expression of the complex thought,” and for “the large shape because it has the impact of the unequivocal,” among other points.

Great Performances Red, premieres nationwide Friday, November 15 at 9 p.m. on PBS, pbs.org/greatperformances and the PBS Video app.

American Masters — Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous, premiered nationwide Friday, October 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS, pbs.org/americanmasters and the PBS Video app.