Listening to Art

02.09: Barnett Newman, Voice of Fire

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Listening to Art, by William Denton.

Volume two, number nine: Voice of Fire by Barnett Newman.

Hello, and welcome to Listening to Art. I’m William Denton.

In this issue we revisit Barnett Newman’s 1967 Voice of Fire, which we first heard in volume one number seven. I refer you to it for details about the controversial purchase in 1989.

This is a painting, acrylic on canvas, 243.8 cm wide by 543.6 cm high.

Now let’s listen to Voice of Fire by Barnett Newman, recorded at the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa, on 10 March 2018.

Waveform of the field recording.

That was Voice of Fire by Barnett Newman. I hope you enjoyed listening to it as much as I did.

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All web sites accessed as of date of publication.

Denton, William. “Barnett Newman, Voice of Fire.Listening to Art 01, no. 07 (13 August 2017).

National Gallery of Canada. “Voice of Fire.” National Gallery of Canada.

Wikipedia, s.v. “Barnett Newman,”

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