Rothko Chapel

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1409 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX, USA - (713) 524-9839
Rothko Chapel - Viewing Rothko Chapel across the reflecting pool on the grounds
Rothko Chapel - Pleasant bench at Rothko Chapel, thankfully shaded from the blistering sun by a stand of bamboo.
Rothko Chapel - This direction for one of Houston's darkest corners...
Rothko Chapel - No photography is permitted inside I worked long & hard to duplicate one of the 'fourteen majestic paintings' for your enjoyment!


Rothko Chapel Houston Reviews

vances vances
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Back in Black Jul 25, 2015
Well, it is free. This venue was recommended by my concierge (without any passion), and tourist literature touted the site as “an interfaith sanctuary featuring fourteen majestic paintings”. I tracked the chapel down with high expectations, only to witness an open space with a bunch of big, black canvases hung.

Clearly I am no art expert, but what a disappointment. I did dwell long enough to discern some subtle variation in dark tones of each of the enormous canvases, but at the end of the day this Bohemian saw nothing inspiring. The chapel was occupied by a fair amount of devotees, including a woman whose head was clearly shaved in Buddhist tradition. How this space earns accolades is clearly beyond me and my primary goal was exiting as quickly as possible without appearing to be rude (no worries if you wanna brand me un-cultured, lol).

My verdict seemed to be validated while attempting a graceful exit. Several books were scattered on a bench along the way out, so I grabbed one and leafed through it. The work gushed over the fourteen (primarily black) ‘paintings’ and dwelled at length upon how the one wall, where three canvases were hung, originally placed each at the same height. It was ultimately decided to lift the middle composition eighteen inches above its companions. SHAZAM, what a brilliant stroke!

Sorry, but moving black around does not move me. Time to move on.
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rsvpme says:
Errr..congratulations......I wonder if the literature also said " world famous"...after all it is in Texas.
Posted on: Aug 03, 2015
monky says:
Congrats on your featured review Vance!:)
Posted on: Aug 03, 2015
joseph98 says:
Sounds like the very definition of pretentious to me. I'm with you on this one Vance!
Posted on: Aug 03, 2015
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