Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess

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Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess
Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess
Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess
Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess
Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess
Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess
Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess

New York. Walker and Company. 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine, vivid reproductions, gentle fading to pages. Jacket Condition: Fine, slight markings on back cover. 91pp. 27 plates w. photo reproductions (ill. in colour & b/w).

From Thomas Hess, a critic and the editor of Art News magazine, is the first thorough monograph dedicated to Barnett Newman. Newman was a major influence to the artists that came after him, who followed the path he opened into color fields, the stripe, and encounters with an un-figured, monumental canvas. In this publication, Hess takes us through a rigorous timeline and analysis of Newman's life and work, presenting both biography and art history in the same sentence. Thorough and intimate, the text is framed by black & white photos of Newman throughout his life, along with vibrant plates of his works. It is interesting: Newman's opinion is that his art represents a way of "freeing ourselves from memory, association, nostalgia, myth...the image[s] [I] produce [are] the self-evident one[s] of revelation." Well, Hess takes all the things Newman doesn't believe in, and presents a dimensional representation that doesn't lack in revelation, of Newman as a person, a painter, and a critical point in art history.  


Cover: Barnett Newman, Treble, 1960. Oil, 20 ¼ x 6 ¾ in.

Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess
Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess
Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess
Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess
Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess
Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess
Barnett Newman by Thomas B. Hess

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