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Barnett Newman

Barnett Newman • Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue II 1967 • Staatsgalerie Stuttgart • © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002 • Photo courtesy of Tate Modern
Barnett Newman
Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue II 1967
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
© ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002
Photo courtesy of Tate Modern
Barnett Newman
LONDON  •  Tate Modern  •  Ongoing
First seen last spring at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this retrospective exhibition assembles more than 100 works not seen together in over 30 years. It traces the dramatic shifts in Newman's practice from his Surrealist- inspired drawings of the 1940s, through his development of the trademark vertical stripe he would dub "the zip," and finally to the groundbreaking shaped canvases he produced in his last years.

Born in New York to Polish Jewish immigrants in 1905, Barnett Newman was obliged to work in his father's clothing factory before being able to to embark on a career as an artist. In the 1930s he painted little, but produced a series of writings on art and politics. In 1948 he made his breakthrough painting Onement I. From that point on he more or less ceased to write, and concentrated full time on making art.

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