‘Michael Rothenstein: Exploding the Boundaries’ marks the launch of a UK touring exhibition curated by the Goldmark Gallery; this show is accompanied by a major new book on the artist written by Mel Gooding.
Michael Rothenstein [1908 -93] was the son of artist Sir William Rothenstein and his brother John was Director of the Tate Gallery. He studied art at Chelsea Polytechnic and the Central School of Arts before settling in rural Essex. Rothenstein produced landscape watercolours and drawings
throughout the 1920s. The combination of a rare glandular illness, which stayed with him until 1940, and debilitating depression meant that Rothenstein exhibited very little at this time and his stylistic development came slowly. It was in the late 1940s that he turned to print making and it was to become his abiding obsession until his death. In the 1950s Rothenstein attended the avant-garde Atelier 17 printstudio in Paris and his work evolved through the 1960s and beyond.
He made numerous mixed media prints, often using abstract symbols, and his colour woodcuts and linocuts won international recognition. This, combined with his outstanding
lithographs and screen prints, confirmed Rothenstein’s position at the very forefront of the 20th century British printmaking renaissance. Following its debut at Dean Clough this exhibition will tour the UK until 2022.
For more details about Michael Rothenstein, the national tour and the book, go to www.goldmarkart.com