17 Facts About Barnett Newman


Barnett Newman has been critically regarded as one of the major figures of abstract expressionism, and one of the foremost color field painters.


Barnett Newman's paintings explore the sense of place that viewers experience with art and incorporate simplistic forms to emphasize this feeling.


Barnett Newman was born in New York City, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland.


Barnett Newman studied philosophy at the City College of New York and worked in his father's business manufacturing clothing.


Barnett Newman later made a living as a teacher, writer, and critic.


Barnett Newman wrote catalogue forewords and reviews as well as organized exhibitions, He then became a member of the Uptown Group and had his first solo show at the Betty Parsons Gallery in 1948.


Barnett Newman thought that he reached his fully distinct, signature style with the Onement series.


Barnett Newman made a few sculptures which are essentially three-dimensional zips.


The Stations of the Cross series of black and white paintings, begun shortly after Barnett Newman had recovered from a heart attack, usually is regarded as the peak of his achievement.


Barnett Newman saw these words as having universal significance in his own time.


Barnett Newman worked on shaped canvases late in life, with Chartres, for example, being triangular, and returned to sculpture, making a small number of sleek pieces in steel.


Barnett Newman made a series of lithographs, the 18 Cantos which, according to Barnett Newman, are meant to be evocative of music.


Barnett Newman generally is classified as an abstract expressionist because his working in New York City in the 1950s, associating with other artists of the group and developing an abstract style which owed little or nothing to European art.


Barnett Newman was unappreciated as an artist for much of his life, being overlooked in favor of more colorful characters such as Jackson Pollock.


Barnett Newman was an important influence on many younger artists such as Donald Judd, Frank Stella and Bob Law.


Barnett Newman died in 1970 of a heart attack in New York City.


The US copyright representative for the Barnett Newman Foundation is the Artists Rights Society.