At one of his more combative moments in Red, Mark Rothko asks Ken, his young assistant, "What does red mean to you?" If Ken held a post at Christie's later in life, perhaps his answer would be "green."
As reported by the New York Times yesterday, Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" is expected to sell for a bid between $30 and $50 million. That's a lot of dough for this canvas! Beyond this hefty sum, though, what's interesting about this article is its analysis of the intricate bets taking place this season with art on auction. (It just so happens that Edvard Munch's "The Scream" is expected to sell for between $150 and $200 million, a price that would deem it the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction.)
While there's still time to hedge your bets on the real deal from Christie's, perhaps a more realistic route is to catch our version of Rothko's studio in Red's two-week extension. There are still tickets available for this passionate play that swept Broadway before winning the 2010 Tony Award for best play. Be sure to catch our Red before it's swallowed up by the black on May 12!
David Chandler stars as Mark Rothko in Berkeley Rep's production of Red.Photo courtesy kevinberne.com
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