Barnett Newman. Onement, I. 1948

Barnett Newman Onement, I 1948

  • Not on view

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
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
© 2018 Barnett Newman Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture