How Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists Created a New Visual Language
Collection: Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums/Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art
Image rights: © 2015 The Barnett Newman Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Imaging Department © President and Fellows of Harvard College
"Barnett Newman: The Late Work"
Venue: The Menil Collection, Houston (2015)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums/Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, Gift of the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation, 2007.100.33
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