Grace Glueck, The New York Times:|
Newman's drawings are virtuoso. In them, geometric solids are elaborated into humanoid sculptural forms that, with collage bits and fragments of writing, create fantastical meditations on anatomical structure.
Howard Newman's works on paper are intimate by-products of the personal path of intellectual and autobiographical questioning that drives his work.
Continuing his study of the portrait beyond the Mother & Child series, Howard's recent focus has been on European portraiture with its isolation of the figure in a deep, mysterious background. Eye to Eye, Constellation, and The Green Monster explore these historical conventions to probe our fascination with seeing, our love affair with the Cosmos, and the demon of envy, greed and jealousy. Back of a Man and Shell #1, #2, and #3 are examinations of the torso which are part of that intensive inquiry which began in 1980.
The following paintings are currently presented online:
Eye to Eye ... Constellation ... The Green Monster ... Poet #1 ... Poet #2 ... Poet #3 ... Man with Top Hat ... Farsight ... Machine Head ... Mother and Child #1 (Key) ... Mother and Child #2 ... Mother and Child #3 ... Mother and Child #4 ... Mother and Child #5 ... Mother and Child #6 ... The Purple Cape ... The Gold Buckle ... Woman with Pony Tail ... Woman with Wolf Hat ... Back of a Man ... Shell #1 ... Shell #2 ... Shell #3