Barnett Newman

Art on This Day

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American artist Barnett Newman died on this day in 1970. Newman shared the Abstract Expressionists’ interests in myth and the primitive unconscious, but he distinguished himself for the huge fields of color and trademark “zips”.
 
It was not until later in his career that he began to receive acclaim, and he would subsequently become a touchstone for both Minimalists and a second generation of Color Field painters. Commenting on one of Newman’s exhibitions in 1959, critic Thomas B. Hess wrote, “he changed in about a year’s time from an outcast or a crank into the father figure of two generations.”