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Ben Martin: Mark Rothko 1961
Ben Martin: Mark Rothko 1961

Mark Rothko 1961

ARTIST Ben Martin Medium Black & White Photograph on Archival Matte Paper 1/50 Dimensions (H x W)26 x 26 in65 x 65 cm Artwork Location Artplex Gallery

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Ben Martin was TIME Magazine’s first New York Bureau staff photographer covering wars, fashion, politics, arts, business, and sports for TIME, Life, Fortune, People, and Sports Illustrated for thirty-three years. He immortalized evocative images that defined the 1960’s.

In this series of legendary photoshoots, Martin captured the complexity of each artist's personality, art, and surroundings. This black & white photograph was taken in 1961 and is a rare capture of Mark Rothko (1903-1970) posing with his works in his studio. By 1961 his works had been exhibited in several museums and Rothko's collectors included the Rockefeller family. He was featured in Fortune Magazine and in January 1961 sat next to Joseph Kennedy at John F. Kennedy's inaugural ball. Later in 1961, a retrospective show was held at the Museum of Modern Art New York.

The size of the photograph is 19.25 by 19.25 inches. It was printed in 2021 in an authorized edition size 50. It is framed in a black wooden frame measuring 25.5 inches high and 25.5 inches wide. It is numbered 1/50 on the back. The size and price include the frame. It is wired and ready to hang. Free local Los Angeles area delivery. Affordable Continental U.S. and worldwide shipping. A certificate of authenticity issued by Kathryn Leigh Scott representing Ben Martin's Photographs is included.

Ben Martin attended Ohio University, where he majored in journalism and photography, working his way through college cooking nights as a short-order “White Castle” hamburger chef, and as a stringer-photographer for UPI Newspictures. He was married to actress Kathryn Leigh Scott (1971-1990), with whom he co-founded Pomegranate Press, a book publishing company. The two remained close friends and business partners until his death on February 10, 2017, at age 86.

Ben Martin's photographs have been exhibited in galleries throughout the US.

Artplex Gallery is pleased to offer Ben Martin's photograph through official Kathryn Leigh Scott authorized editions. This edition size is only authorized for 50. Please contact us for additional photographs from Ben Martin.

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