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January 29, 1905 - July 4, 1970
Born on the Lower East Side, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland, abstract expressionist Barnett Newman was one of the foremost color
field painters of the mid-twentieth century. His rejection of expressive brushstrokes, in favor of harder-edged fields of pure flat color,
was a precursor to minimalism, and an important influence on younger artists. Many of his works had a philosophical bent, and reflected his interest
in myths and the primitive unconscious. His trademark "zips", a lifelong feature of his work, were characterized by a thin, vertical line that zips
through large areas of color. Newman's series, "The Stations of the Cross" (1958-66), considered the peak of his achievement, and
started shortly before he moved here with his wife, Annalee, has been interpreted as a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.
His best-known sculpture, "Broken Obelisk" (1963) depicts an inverted obelisk, whose point balances on the apex of a pyramid.
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