Barnett Newman

Voice of Fire

1967
A veteran of the New York School celebrated for his bold, elemental paintings, Newman was commissioned to execute this canvas for the U.S. Pavilion at the Montreal International and Universal Exhibition – Expo '67. Limiting his colours to red and blue, Newman created this powerful vertical canvas to be suspended from the ceiling of the massive geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller. While simple in form, this work conveys a range of meanings. The artist intended it to be studied from a short distance; here, its enormous scale transforms the space and tests our sensory experience.
Title
Voice of Fire
Date
1967
Medium
Painting
Materials
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
543.6 x 243.8 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1989
Accession number
30502