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BARNETT NEWMAN’S ONEMENT V LEADS ONE: A GLOBAL SALE OF THE 20th CENTURY AT CHRISTIE’S

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BARNETT NEWMAN’S ONEMENT V LEADS
ONE: A GLOBAL SALE OF THE 20th CENTURY AT CHRISTIE’S

 

‘if we are living in a time without a legend or mythos that can be called sublime… how can we be creating a sublime art?… instead of making cathedrals out of Christ, man, or ‘life’, we are making it out of ourselves, out of our own feelings’

NEW YORK – On July 10, Barnett Newman’s sublime Onement V, 1948 (estimate: $30-40 million) will lead ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century. Painted in an ethereal, ink blue palette, dramatically interrupted by a solitary ‘zip’ of aquamarine, Onement V is a sublime masterpiece that perfectly captures Barnett Newman’s abstract aesthetic. Created just four years after his breakthrough painting, Onement I (1948), it represents one of only two paintings from this early, landmark series to remain in a private collection. The other four are currently housed in major American museum collections including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford and the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin.

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