Barnett Newman - Onement vi 1953
it must first be understood that Jung was to the abstract expressionists what Freud was to the surrealists. there are ideas which inform each movement and they are displayed, literally, in their work.
with this work by newman we have a meditation on the nature of the collective, an exaltation of the universal. the surrealists had a solipsistic reaching into the bowels of the mind, a fixation on the individual’s cogitations. here, we find onement.
the work appears to be minimalistic. this is strategic. the superfluous is annihilated. the canvas is reduced to it’s most basic, the essential- making the work more accessible. in fact, it takes the work to the most accessible place, a place with an existance before the intervention of language and the complications and divisons it created.
the work is a white flag. it’s understanding put forth in a vision. it’s a celebration of the human capacity for empathy, compassion, cohesion.
it’s the universal. it’s unity. it’s onement