Friday, May 17, 2013

Record Auction Price for Barnett Newman, $43.8 Million, bought by (rumors…) Miuccia Prada

Barnett Newman auction at Sotheby's
At Sotheby’s on Tuesday night,  six bidders fought over Barnett Newman’s “Onement VI,” a deep blue abstract composition from 1953. 

The winner, a telephone bidder speaking Italian, ended up paying $43.8 million, a record price for the artist’s work at auction at the rumors told that the buyer was the Italian collector Miuccia Prada.

Barnett Newman (January 29, 1905 – July 4, 1970) was an American artist. He is seen as one of the major figures in abstract expressionism and one of the foremost of the color field painters.

Is art is characterized by areas of color separated by thin vertical lines, or "zips" as Newman called them.

Newman was unappreciated as an artist for much of his life, being overlooked in favor of more colorful characters such as Jackson Pollock. 

Cesare Berlingeri
This new “link” between the Italian Miuccia Prada and the great Newman’s  artwork give us the possibility to introduce a great Italian artist who deserves more attention : 
Cesare Berlingeri (born in 1948) is a master painter and artist who have created a completely new style with his artworks, called “piegature” (“folded paintings”).

As you can see from the photos, Berlingeri and Newman are aesthetically linked in the common love for the Form.

Besides that both of them do not stop they research on that level: they create abstract, informal artworks but with strong meanings.

In fact although Newman's paintings appear to be purely abstract, the names he later gave them hinted at specific subjects being addressed, often with a Jewish theme. Two paintings from the early 1950s, for example, are called Adam and Eve and there is also Uriel (1954) and Abraham (1949), a very dark painting, which as well as being the name of a biblical patriarch, was also the name of Newman's father, who had died in 1947.

And every Berlingeri artwork has a deep, mysterious meaning that is secretly hold between the folds of the canvases.


Read more about Cesare Berlingeri and see his artworks here, on the representing Gallery website:

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