New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
January 29, 1905 - July 4, 1970
— 685 West End Avenue, Manhattan —
Born on the Lower East Side, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland, abstract expressionist Barnett Newman was one of the foremost color field painters of the mid-twentieth century. His rejection of expressive brushstrokes, in favor of harder-edged fields of pure flat color, was a precursor to minimalism, and an important influence on younger artists. Many of his works had a philosophical bent, and reflected his interest in myths and the primitive unconscious. His trademark "zips", a lifelong feature of his work, were characterized by a thin, vertical line that zips through large areas of color. Newman's series, "The Stations of the Cross" (1958-66), considered the peak of his achievement, and started shortly before he moved here with his wife, Annalee, has been interpreted as a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. His best-known sculpture, "Broken Obelisk" (1963) depicts an inverted obelisk, whose point balances on the apex of a pyramid.
Erected 2013 by Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, MusicNew York, New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Cultural Medallions series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 29, 1905.
Location. 40° 47.614′ N, 73° 58.476′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of West End Avenue and West 93rd Street, on the left when traveling north on West End Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 685 West End Avenue, New York NY 10025, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elizabeth Cady Stanton (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joan of Arc (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Joan of Arc (about 600 feet away); Teresa Carreño (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hippo Playground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); George Herman "Babe" Ruth (approx. ¼ mile away); Claremont Riding Academy (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . . Barnett Newman Chronology. The Barnett Newman Foundation's biography, presented in a timeline. (Submitted on October 7, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 7, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 4. submitted on March 20, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.