Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Barnett Newman's abstract religious art: which camp are you in?

By Sarah Swan
"Voice of Fire" (1967) by Barnett Newman. SUPPLIED PHOTO
CANADA---It looks like two cans of paint and two rollers and about 10 minutes would do the trick." These were the famous words of Progressive Conservative MP Felix Holtmann in 1990. Holtmann was on talk radio, responding to Canada's acquisition of artist Barnett Newman's "Voice of Fire," a painting of three vertical stripes. The $1.8-million scandal is a firm fixture in Canada's collective memory. It was an early lesson on abstract art and the problems it consistently poses for those not in the know. [link]