Sculpture is what you bump into when you back up to see a painting.
When painters feel the need to make a shift toward self-discovery, they turn to black and white for a time.
Photo: Yousuf Karsh, 1969
“It is time for the artists to wake up and re-examine their aesthetic foundations; to rid themselves of the millstone that has made art in America an expensive picture postcard-factory. It is time that artists refused isolationist money, repudiated the art dealers, the favor of the museum directors. It is time artists forgot about success…”
one of eight sculptures over the course of Barnett Newman’s career.
I know that it is impossible to talk about my work. And since it’s impossible for me or anybody else to talk about my work, I feel I might as well talk about it.
“This world of imagination is fancy-free and violently opposed to common sense.
“It is our function as artists to make the spectator see the world our way, not his way.”
Helen Frankenthaler, Barnett Newman
Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock + Tony Smith
Barnett Newman was an American artist. He is seen as one of the major figures in abstract expressionism and one of the foremost of the color field painters.