Yet, "those who put the moustache on Mona Lisa," wrote contemporary artist Barnett Newman
, "are not attacking it or art, but Leonardo da Vinci the man.
Post-war American painter Barnett Newman
was famously garrulous.
30am Her first stop is the Tate Modern to see an exhibition by abstract artist Barnett Newman
He formed relationships with Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman
, and Adolph Gottlieb long before they found success as artists.
Unlike the great east coast Abstract Expressionists--such as Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman
, and Willem de Kooning--Diebenkorn, despite being the most famous west coast painter of his era, remains relatively unknown in this country.
The titles of the three pieces--Red (If They Come in the Morning), 20 I I; Black, 2012; and Green, 2012--refer to the series of paintings named "Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue," 1966-70, from the late work of Barnett Newman
The vibrant stamps feature works by Hans Hoffmann, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Barnett Newman
, Robert Motherwell, Adolph Gottlieb, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Joan Mitchell.
Focusing on the phenomenon of emptiness, it juxtaposes traditional Japanese artworks such as calligraphy, Zen painting, lacquerworks, samurai swords and ritual tea ceremony utensils with selected Western minimalist artworks by artists such as Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Alberto Giacometti, Johannes Itten, Donald Judd, Paul Klee, Yves Klein, Richard Long, Barnett Newman
, and Cy Twombly.
Along with Willem De Kooning, Barnett Newman
, Mark Rothko, and others, he elevated the act of painting, advocating that it should be as direct and fundamental as what it was trying to express and that it could, itself, promote emotional expression.
When I asked for a verdict on the week from the waggish James Mayor, whose Mayor Gallery in London had sold the Barnett Newman
to the present vendor in 1975, his wry response was: 'It was a Colosseum.
Declaring space; Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman
, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein.