Monday, 5 August 2013

Barnett Newman – part 2

Barnett Newman (1905 – 1970) was an American artist. He is seen as one of the major figures in abstract expressionism and one of the foremost of the colour field painters. For full biographical notes on Newman see part 1.

This part 2 of a 3-part post on the works of Barnett Newman:

Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross series of black and white paintings (1958–66), begun shortly after Newman had recovered from a heart attack, is usually regarded as the peak of his achievement. The series is subtitled "Lema sabachthani" - "why have you forsaken me" - the last words spoken by Jesus on the cross, according to the New Testament. Newman saw these words as having universal significance in his own time. The series has also been seen as a memorial to the victims of the holocaust.

1958 First Station magna on canvas 197.8 x 153.7 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1958 Second Station magna on canvas 198.4 x 153.2 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1960 Third Station oil on canvas  198.4 x 152.1 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1960 Fourth Station oil on canvas 198.1 x 153 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1962 Fifth Station oil on canvas 198.7 x 153 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1962 Sixth Station oil on canvas 198.4 x 152.1 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1964 Seventh Station 198.1 x 152.4 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1964 Eighth Station oil on canvas 198.4 x 152.4 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1964 Ninth Station acrylic on canvas 198.1 x 152.4 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1965 Tenth Station oil on canvas 198.1 x 152.5 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1965 Eleventh Station acrylic on canvas 198.1 x 152.4 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1965 Twelfth Station acrylic on canvas 198.1 x 152.4 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1965-6 Thirteenth Station acrylic on canvas 198.2 x 152.5 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1965-6 Fourteenth Station acrylic & duco on canvas 198.1 x 152.2 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York
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1959 Untitled brush & ink 53.5 x 61.1 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York


1960 Untitled brusk & ink on paper 35.5 x 25.2 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

1960 Untitled ink on paper 35.4 x 25.4 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1961 Untitled lithograph 35 x 24.7 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1961 Untitled lithograph © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York 2

1961 Untitled lithograph © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1962 The Third oil on canvas 101.5 x 120.2 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1963 Black Fire I oil on canvas 289.5 x 213.4 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York


Eighteen Cantos 1963-4
Series of eighteen lithographs of various sizes


  
1963-4 Eighteen Cantos title page 40 x 30.5 cm approx © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002


1963-4 Canto (I) lithograph 42 x 31.5 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto II lithograph 38.5 x 32.7 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto III lithograph 42.4 x 32.4 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto IV lithograph 37.8 x 32 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto V lithograph 37.5 x 33.4 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto VI lithograph 37 x 33 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto VII lithograph 37.5 x 33.4 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto VIII lithograph 37.5 x 33.8 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto IX lithograph 37 x 33.5 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto X lithograph 37.3 x 33.7 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto XI lithograph 37.7 x 33.5 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto XII lithograph 37.3 x 33.7 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto XIII lithograph 37.2 x 33.4 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto XIV lithograph 37.5 x 31.9 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto XV lithograph 37.5 x 32.2 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto XVI lithograph 37.5 x 32.3 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

1963-4 Canto XVII lithograph 38 x 32.4 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002


1963-4 Canto XVIII lithograph 37.9 x 31.8 cm © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002
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1963-69 Broken Obelisk steel 749.9 x 318.8 x 318.8 cm Image licensed under the Wikimedia Creative Commons Attribution
Broken Obelisk is the largest and best known of his six sculptures. As both form and symbol, the pyramid (a place of ascent of the human spirit) and the obelisk (monument to life and renewal, broken relic of antiquity) fascinated Newman.

1965 Here II steel 289.2 x 200 x 130.2 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1966 The Moment (from a portfolio of 4) pexiglass, oil & acrylic on board on wood 122.6 x 12.7 x 3 cm 1946-7c Pastel sketch on ruled paper 26.2 x 19.8 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York
1966-70 Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue is a series of four large-scale paintings by Newman painted between 1966 and 1970.

1966 Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue oil on canvas 190.5 x 121.9 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1967 Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue II acrylic on canvas 304.8 x 259.1 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1966-67 Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III oil on linen 224 x 544 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1969-70 Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue IV oil on canvas 274 x 603 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1967 Chartres acrylic on canvas 304.8 x 289.6 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

1967 Profile of Light 305.5 x 191 cm © 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation - Artists Right Society (ARS), New York

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