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MOCA
Los Angeles

Untitled (The Cry) features a vertical band masked out from the ink wash that saturates the paper ground. This and related drawings were precursors to Barnett Newman’s Zip paintings, monochrome canvases, each of which feature a piece of masking tape placed dead center, running vertically from top to bottom. The Zip …

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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).

Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
The Mid Century Modern AestheticAlpha 137 Gallery
2016
Barnett NewmanKunstmuseum Basel
2015
Barnett Newman: The Late WorkThe Menil Collection
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Untitled (The Cry), 1946

Ink on paper
36 × 24 in
91.4 × 61 cm
Location
Los Angeles
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MOCA
Los Angeles

Untitled (The Cry) features a vertical band masked out from the ink wash that saturates the paper …

Medium
Image rights
© 2012 Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

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).

Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Barnett Newman
Other works from MOCA
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