Tate Modern - Making Traces

The works gathered in this wing capture making as gesture, the trace of an action.

The physical make-up of Rothko’s Seagram murals, found at the heart of this wing, is bound up with their attraction as the subject of contemplation. They show, and conceal, a complex process of making with thin veils of paint controlled and imposed on canvases that fill our entire field of vision.

The physical reach of the artist, and the ways in which bodily limitations are challenged and extended are also found here. This is seen in the texture of mark making as well as an expansive reach. The realm of engagement may also be extended by the ways in which artists exploit new imagery in extending their vision of the world.


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