Barnett Newman, Onement III, 1949. Oil on canvas, 72" x 34."
My good friend Michael Zahn pointed out that the Ab Ex NY show should be a permanent installation at MoMA. I couldn't agree more - New York City's most important modern art museum should permanently display New York City's most important art.
This work is, to me, looking better and better with the passage of time. And so much of the work that cropped up in opposition to it is looking decidedly weaker as it is further and further removed from it's particular moment of historical relevance.
As I walked through the show with George Hofmann, my painting professor from Hunter, he said more than once: "I'm so happy." I was, too.