Kaleidoscope based on Silents, 1988, 1966, 1998 by Roy Newell
Roy Newell was an American abstract painter. He was born in
Manhattan's Lower East side on May 10, 1914 and died of
cancer on November 22, 2006 in Manhattan. His paintings show
great coloured rectangles in chromatic harmony. Source:
Wikipedia, Roy Newell.
Geometric abstract art is a form of abstract art based on the use of
geometric forms sometimes, though not always, placed in
non-illusionistic space and combined into non-objective
The Private Myth
Carolina Nitsch Project Room,
534 West 22nd Street,
Through March 13
By Roberta Smith.
Published: February 11, 2010. Source:
The New York Times
This exhibition will introduce many people to the vehement, transcendent
geometry of Roy Newell, an all but unknown painter who died in 2006 at 92.
It also expands the perimeters of the New York School with a solid, sudden
A friend of Abstract Expressionists like Franz Kline and
Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Mr. Newell exhibited little
during his lifetime and sold less, maintaining what can only
be called a very low profile. He worked small, in oil on
panels that averaged around 12 inches on a side, building up
slabs of smoldering pinks, cerulean blues and Kelly greens.
Suggestions of walls, rooms, doors, windows and paintings
within paintings are visible, but tend to be overruled by
the muscularity of the color shapes. Each has its own
physical density; all are clamped in place by the
concentrated buildup of paint, laid on in small, jabbing
brush strokes. The tension is amazing. Read more at
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