Written for: Carpe Diem #1240 Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue (Barnett Newman)
“Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue” is a series of four large-scale paintings by Barnett Newman painted between 1966 and 1970. Two of them have been the subject of vandalistic attacks in museums. The series’ name was a reference to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the play by Edward Albee which had premiered in 1962, which was in itself a reference to Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?, the 1933 song immortalized in Disney cartoons.
a closed heart is dark
sunlight forces curtains to part
rescued by red