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The Rothko Chapel - The New York Times
In 1964, the Houston art collectors and patrons John and Dominique de Menil commissioned Rothko’s work for the interior of a space to be designed by the architect Philip Johnson. (When Johnson clashed with Rothko, the project was turned over to the Houston architects Howard Barnstone and Eugene Aubry.) The de Menils, observant Catholics, were influenced by their friend the Rev. Marie-Alain Couturier, who believed that modern artists could reinvigorate sacred art. The chapel, which opened in 1971, sits next to the campus of the Menil Collection, the museum that now houses the couple’s art. It has been open to the public nearly every day since.
houston  texas  therothkochapel  markrothko  art  design  nytimes 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden

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