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    Sale 2048

    Post-War & Contemporary Evening Sale

    12 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 45

    Barnett Newman (1905-1970)


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    Barnett Newman (1905-1970)
    wax crayon, oil crayon, pastel, and tempera on paper
    16¾ x 14½ in. (42.5 x 36.8 cm.)
    Executed in 1944-1945.

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    The Estate of the Artist, New York
    Annalee Newman, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

    Pre-Lot Text

    Master Drawings of American Post-War Art: A Private Collection


    H. Rosenberg, Barnett Newman, New York, 1978, p.171, no.141 (illustrated).
    S. Polcari, "Barnett Newman's Broken Obelisk," Art Journal, vol. 53, no. 4, p.183, fig. 123 (illustrated).
    R. Smith, "Newman's Early Steps on the Path to Maturity," The New York Times, 4 November 1994, p. C26.
    M. McNickle, "The Mind and Art of Barnett Newman," Ph. D. dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 1996, pp. 152-153, 156, 170.
    R. Shiff, et. al., Barnett Newman: A Catalogue Raisonné. New York, 2004, p.375, no.128 (illustrated in color).


    The Baltimore Museum of Modern Art; New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum; Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou; Cologne, Museum Ludwig and Basel, Kunstmuseum, Barnett Newman: The Complete Drawings, 1944-1969, April 1979-July 1981, pp. 50-51, no. 9 (illustrated).
    Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Saint Louis Art Museum and New York, Pace Wildenstein Gallery, The Sublime is Now: The Early Work of Barnett Newman, March-November 1994, no. 6 (illustrated in color).
    Philadelphia Museum of Art and London, Tate Modern, Barnett Newman, March 2002-January 2003.
    New York, Craig F. Starr Associates, Barnett Newman Drawings 1944-1946, April-May 2008 (illustrated in color).