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Here II, 1965

Barnett Newman
American, 1905 - 1970
hot-rolled and Cor-Ten steel
289.2 x 200 x 130.2 cm maximum irregular
Purchased 1978
National Gallery of Canada (no. 18965)
© The Barnett Newman Foundation, New York / SODRAC, Montreal (2013)

Best known as a painter, Barnett Newman also made some eight sculptures during his life. Here II was the first produced entirely at a foundry and has often been understood as a three-dimensional manifestation of Newman’s characteristic “zips,” the distinctive vertical bands used in his painting. Sometimes interpreted as a representation of the Crucifixion, the sculpture was Newman’s attempt to render vertical forms, which appear to rise from – rather than recede into – the floor. The tapered elements at the foot of each “zip,” as well as the concealed support for the base, lend a sense of weightlessness to an otherwise immense steel structure.

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