Cover image for Barnett Newman : paintings, sculptures, works on paper
Barnett Newman : paintings, sculptures, works on paper
Zweite, Armin.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Ostfildern-Ruit : Hatje Cantz ; New York : Distributed in the US by D.A.P., Distributed Art Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
336 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 32 cm
General Note:
"Revised edition of the original German-language publication, 'Barnett Newman: bilder, skulpturen, graphik', 1997.
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N6537.N48 Z9 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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In his 1948 essay The Sublime is Now, Barnett Newman proposed his idea of the sublime picture that neither illustrates, represents, nor symbolizes anything, but exists instead as an autonomous experience. Newman was able to make manifest this radical philosophy and conception of art throughout his productive and illustrious career -- as this important new volume on his works amply illustrates. This book considers the artist's ideas as integral to his output, and author Armin Zweite traces and analyzes both the key works themselves and the origins of Newman's search for the pure realm of art. The result is an indispensable volume on one of the true titans of post-war art, whose cool lucidity and understated abstraction provided vehicles for a radical aesthetic consciousness both cool and sensuous.

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Library Journal Review

Large canvases covered with a single color "zipped" apart by a vertical strip, bold color field paintings with frayed edges, slim columns of steel and hovering pyramidal forms, each providing the viewer with a subjective experience of self and an objective observation of the image: this is the genius of Barnett Newman. With an equally wide range of vision, Zweite offers a scholarly insight into the work, a formidable task quite successfully accomplished in this important volume. Originally published to accompany the first major exhibition of Newman's work in Germany, this is far more than a catalog of works. It is indispensable for anyone interested in understanding one of the major figures in American art of the last half of our century.--Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.