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Barnett Newman

Voice of Fire

1967
Voice of Fire was commissioned for the U.S. Pavilion at the Montreal International and Universal Exhibition, better known as Expo '67. The canvas appeared, with other works by leading American contemporary artists, in the massive geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller. Newman, by that time a distinguished veteran of the New York School, celebrated for his bold, elemental paintings, conceived of a design that would stand out in the vast, sunlit and crowded space under the dome. Limiting his colours to red and blue, he created this powerful vertical canvas to be suspended from the dome's ceiling. While it appears simple in form, Voice of Fire conveys a range of meanings. Newman intended the work to be studied from a short distance; 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
Rights
© The Barnett Newman Foundation, New York / SODRAC, Montreal (2017)
Accession number
30502

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