John Newman (b.1952), ‘In the Red and on the Hot Seat’, 2014, Sculpture, Mixed Media, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
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In the Red and on the Hot Seat, 2014

Mixed Media
21 1/2 × 21 1/2 × 21 1/2 in
54.6 × 54.6 × 54.6 cm
$45,000
Location
New Haven
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FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
New Haven

“I have said in the past that my work is about something between sex and science. Somehow this came …

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John Newman (b.1952)
American, b. 1952
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Inspired by travels to Japan, Africa, and especially India, John Newman’s small and colorful abstract sculptures conjure images of fantastical sea creatures and shells with traces of assemblage, ceramics, and even jewelry. The wide range of materials the works encompass, from glass to tulle to stones, lends them a coarse texture, while their witty titles imbue a sense of playfulness. Newman is known for marrying elements of contemporary art with classical traditions and emotional content, a style born out of musings prompted by his mother’s death. “How can I make something that can bridge both the intellectually engaged formal rigor,” he asks, “and my desire to embrace and elicit an emotion without irony or without merely depending upon art historical precedence, to tackle something that [is] real?”

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New Haven

“I have said in the past that my work is about something between sex and science. Somehow this came from thinking about the entanglement that reductivism got us into. In the early ’70s there was a lot of talk about making art that disappears. About reaching the zero degree! After so many examples of zero-degree art …

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John Newman (b.1952)
American, b. 1952
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Inspired by travels to Japan, Africa, and especially India, John Newman’s small and colorful abstract sculptures conjure images of fantastical sea creatures and shells with traces of assemblage, ceramics, and even jewelry. The wide range of materials the works encompass, from glass to tulle to stones, lends them a coarse texture, while their witty titles imbue a sense of playfulness. Newman is known for marrying elements of contemporary art with classical traditions and emotional content, a style born out of musings prompted by his mother’s death. “How can I make something that can bridge both the intellectually engaged formal rigor,” he asks, “and my desire to embrace and elicit an emotion without irony or without merely depending upon art historical precedence, to tackle something that [is] real?”

In the Red and on the Hot Seat, 2014

Mixed Media
21 1/2 × 21 1/2 × 21 1/2 in
54.6 × 54.6 × 54.6 cm
$45,000
Location
New Haven
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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