Fourteen Black Paintings

Fourteen deep purple and velvety black Mark Rothko paintings hang within an octagonal-shaped chapel in Houston, Texas. The Rothkos were made for an interfaith sanctuary dedicated to spirituality and human rights. In her vision, Dominique de Menil who conceived the chapel said, The Rothko Chapel is oriented toward the sacred yet it imposes no traditional environment. It offers a place where common orientation could be found—an orientation towards God, named or unnamed, an orientation towards the highest aspirations of Man and the most intimate calls of the conscience. Peter Gabriel was so moved after visiting the chapel, he wrote the song Fourteen Black Paintings. It is my wish to visit this sacred spot and meditate with the profundity of the work.