A mere copyist

“A painter is a choreographer of space…”

Barnett Newman

This recent project brings together a number of things I like. The New York School of Abstract Expressionism, painting with masking tape and of course the Double Blues! Barnett Newman was a key figure of post war American art. This piece is based on his 1952 work Onement V. Newman’s signature was a narrow vertical strip, the width of a strip of masking tape. He referred to them as zips. They represented the initial flash of a nuclear explosion. So what is the difference between copying and forging? The Louvre Museum, which has a formal permit program for copyists, insists the dimensions must be altered by more than ten percent. Luckily, mine is tiny. #sizedoesmatter

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