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 is 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 and 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 and ink 53.5 x 61.1 cm 
© 2013 Barnett Newman Foundation 
Artists Right Society (ARS), New York


1960 Untitled 
brush and 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 Rights 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


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 and acrylic on board on wood 122.6 x 12.7 x 3 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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