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Mark Rothko, one of America's most celebrated post-war painters, has deep roots in Oregon. Oregon Art Beat explores stories from Rothko's childhood selling newspapers in Portland, to finding his peer group of artists in New York, including Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, to his transformational work helping birth a new, uniquely American art form.

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Rothko: Life Beyond The Abstract

Painter Mark Rothko sold newspapers on Portland street corners, worked in his uncle’s downtown Portland clothing store, and eventually enrolled at Lincoln High School, where he excelled. 

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