The most distinct quality of art is its capacity to move you. I recently took a short trip from the office, to the Pace Gallery, to view the minimalist dark sectional paintings of Mark Rothko. The exhibition, Rothko: Dark Palette, focuses on Rothko’s work from 1955 and into the 1960’s, where the artist made a turn from bright and optimistic flourishes of color, into deep, intensely dark moody tones. Rothko’s deceptively simple usage of color, carefully arranged in bold block-like sections, capture profoundly intimate and raw emotional states. Like stolen vignettes of time, each painting carries the power of locking the viewer in a singular emotionally-charged moment. And quite ahead of his time, Rothko’s intuitive sense of aesthetics, inspired countless contemporary artists and designers, who were able to see the real emotional power of art stripped down to its barest of forms.