Barnett Newman. Onement, I. 1948

Barnett Newman

Onement, I


Oil on canvas and oil on masking tape on canvas
27 1/4 x 16 1/4" (69.2 x 41.2 cm)
Gift of Annalee Newman
Object number
© 2016 Barnett Newman Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Barnett Newman has 60 works online.
There are 2,309 paintings online.

Newman proclaimed Onement, I to be his artistic breakthrough, giving the work an importance belied by its modest size. This is the first time the artist used a vertical band to define the spatial structure of his work. This band, later dubbed a "zip," became Newman's signature mark. The artist applied the light cadmium red zip atop a strip of masking tape with a palette knife. This thick, irregular band on the smooth field of Indian Red simultaneously divides and unites the composition.

Gallery label from 2006

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