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Lace Curtain for Mayor Daley

A work made of cor-ten steel, galvanized barbed wire, and enamel paint.
© 2018 Barnett Newman Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of cor-ten steel, galvanized barbed wire, and enamel paint.

Date:

1968

Artist:

Barnett Newman
American, 1905-1970

About this artwork

What Barnett Newman called a lace curtain is in reality a hefty screen constructed from barbed wire and splashed with blood-red paint. Known as an innovative abstract painter, the artist made this sculpture in the fall of 1968 for an exhibition organized by Chicago’s Richard Feigen Gallery. The exhibition served as a forum for artists to protest the brutal treatment of anti-Vietnam War demonstrators during the previous summer’s Democratic National Convention. Richard J. Daley, then mayor of Chicago, was seen as responsible for the use of violent police tactics.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Barnett Newman

Title

Lace Curtain for Mayor Daley

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

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1968

Medium

Cor-ten steel, galvanized barbed wire, and enamel paint

Dimensions

177.8 × 121.9 × 25.4 cm (70 × 48 × 10 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Annalee Newman

Reference Number

1989.433

Copyright

© 2018 Barnett Newman Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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