How Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists Created a New Visual Language
Collection: Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan. Founders Society
Image rights: © 2015 The Barnett Newman Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
"Barnett Newman: The Late Work"
Venue: The Menil Collection, Houston (2015)
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan. Founders Society Purchase, W. Hawkins Ferry Fund and Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Ford II
An originator of Abstract Expressionism, Barnett Newman changed the course of 20th-century American painting. Newman’s monumental color field paintings consist of rectangles of rich, often mono- or bi-chromatic color that, when viewed from close proximity, are meant to confer a powerful spiritual experience, an encounter with the sublime. Newman’s signature “Zip” paintings, the artist’s term for paintings with a narrow vertical stripe dividing planes of color, provide each painting with an architectural frame, such as in his iconic work Vir Heroicus Siblimis (1950-1951).
American, 1905-1970, New York, New York, based in New York, New York