If you think religious imagery has no place in modern art, consider Barnett Newman’s paintings Adam and Eve. Newman translates the Bible’s first man and woman into red vertical columns in fields of purple-brown: the nude portrayals of these inhabitants of Eden by earlier artists such as Albrecht Dürer become lines of stark abstraction. This is not the only echo of Genesis in Newman’s art. His entire aesthetic of sublime power suggests God giving the 10 commandments to Moses or dividing the waters from the earth. Newman’s Broken Obelisk might be an image of the destruction of the temple or the fall of Babylon. In his cycle of shockingly austere paintings The Stations of the Cross, he turns to the New Testament story of the Passion.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
BIBLE NEWS: Biblical Art Museum Closing
The Bible has been inspiring artists of all kinds since the beginning of its history, and it continues to serve as a muse today. But that doesn't mean that Biblical art can find donors to keep museums open. The Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan is closing due to lack of funds to support the necessary space to showcase masterpieces.