Barnett Newman. Canto VIII from 18 Cantos. 1963

Barnett Newman

Canto VIII from 18 Cantos


One from an illustrated book with eighteen lithographs and one lithographed title page
composition: 14 9/16 x 12 7/8" (37 x 32.7 cm); sheet: 17 13/16 x 15 3/16" (45.3 x 38.5 cm)
Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York
Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York
Gift of the Celeste and Armand Bartos Foundation
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© 2018 Barnett Newman Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Here are the cantos, eighteen of them, each one different in form, mood, color, beat, scale, and key. There are no cadenzas. Each is separate. Each can stand by itself. But its fullest meaning it seems to me, is when it is seen together with the others.

—Barnett Newman, "Preface to 18 Cantos," 1964

Gallery label from Artistic Collaborations: 50 Years at Universal Limited Art Editions, January 17–May 21, 2007

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