Barnett Newman, ‘Untitled 1’, 1970, The Menil Collection

Collection: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Image rights: © 2015 The Barnett Newman Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Don Ross Photography

"Barnett Newman: The Late Work"

Venue: The Menil Collection, Houston (2015)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Franctional gift of Mrs. Paul L. Wattis

About Barnett Newman

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