Listening to Art

03.12: Barnett Newman, Voice of Fire

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Listening to Art, by William Denton.

Volume three, number twelve: Voice of Fire by Barnett Newman.

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

This is the third time we have listened to Voice of Fire. The first was in volume one number seven, which also has details about the history of the painting. Please refer to that issue or to volume two number nine if you would like to compare this recording to others. It is always a great pleasure to revisit a favourite work of art and to experience it again and anew.

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 25 August 2018.

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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).

⸻. “Barnett Newman, Voice of Fire.” Listening to Art 02, no. 09 (15 March 2018).

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

Wikipedia, s.v. “Barnett Newman,”

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