While Newman finished this work about two years before his death in 1970, it was never exhibited in his lifetime. His widow, Annalee Newman, gave it to the Gallery in recognition of the support shown for her husband's work. This is the only painting where he covered almost the entire surface in dense black; it is also unusual because he placed the vertical "zip" at the right edge of the canvas. Newman may have based it on his earlier Euclidean Abyss (1946–47), a black monochrome painting with a similarly vibrant yellow band.
Materialsacrylic on canvas
238.4 x 193.2 cm
Gift of Annalee Newman, New York, 1990