Monday, January 29, 2018

Barnett Newman. On this day in 1905

I am working on two posts on artists who interest me more - Ruth Asawa and Alice Neel. But I should mention that Barnett Newman (January 29, 1905 - July 4, 1970) was born on this day; I went with a friend to see his Stations of the Cross when it was at the De Young and simply didn't find the work very interesting. If I want simplicity in line, I think I will look at Japanese art. Newman was as one of the major figures in abstract expressionism and one of the foremost of the color field painters. "His paintings are existential in tone and content, explicitly composed with the intention of communicating a sense of locality, presence, and contingency." In this image: Barnett Newman, Thirteenth Station, 1965/1966. Acrylic on canvas, 198.2 x 152.5 cm (78 1/16 x 60 1/16 in.). Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff.


Onement 1, 1948. Museum of Modern Art, New York. The first example of Newman using the so-called "zip" to define the spatial structure of his paintings,

What is the explanation of the seemingly insane drive of man to be painter and poet if it is not an act of defiance against man's fall and an assertion that he return to the Garden of Eden? For the artists are the first men.
— Barnett Newman

Wikipedia here:

The Art Story here

The Guardian Review

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I'm sorry, but that isn't what I call art. I realize I am uninformed in the art world, but. . . ???