Barnett Newman

Here II

1965
While best known for his paintings, Newman also made some eight sculptures. 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 paintings. 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.
Title
Here II
Date
1965
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
hot-rolled and Cor-Ten steel
Dimensions
289.2 x 200 x 130.2 cm maximum irregular
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1978
Accession number
18965