John Newman

United States 1952


John Newman
John Newman
United States
September 18, 2013
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

John Newman is an artist with almost magical ability to transform any material into a new and different vision results in an array of abstract sculptures made from disparate materials such as wool and metal, fabric and glass. A majority of John Newman’s art pieces embodies the idea of equilibrium represented not only as the balance of the artwork’s elements but rather as a stimulant for contemplating the importance of one part of the figure for another. His complex curled sculpture usually made from aluminum, bronze, steel, and iron appears as breathing, living being despite being made from such hard and cold materials.

In 2016 the art lovers could come and contact the John Newman at his home
John Newman – Orbiting Clear and Pearlescent (left), 2011 / Green Light Crumpled Edges, 2012 (right)

Education and Early Work

John Newman was born in Flushing, New York. The artist studied at Oberlin College where he received his BA after which he enrolled at Whitney Museum Study Program. In 1975 the artist received an MFA from Yale school of art. He went on to do a fellowship at Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. The artist started his career as a minimalist sculptor by expanding the metaphors and mysteries of ancient themes such as medieval armors or dinosaurs.[1]

A Trip to Japan got John Newman interested in the Japanese version of paper-mache called hariko

John Newman – Ask the Fact For the Form (Indigo and of Itself), 2011

The Turning Point in the Artist’s Career

In the mid-90s a John Newman traveled to some of the world’s most beautiful places which inspired him to experiment with new techniques and materials. He has begun to make small handmade sculptures from softer materials such as flowers and Japanese version of paper-mache called hariko.[2] While his early works were large in scale and exhibited either on the floor or the wall of the gallery, his new artworks were placed on the tables thus setting up a deeper intimate relationship with the viewers. Upon his return to Tribeca studio, the sculptor begins to use a more eclectic range of materials ranging from marble, aluminum, and copper, to found objects and handmade polyhedral spheres.

John Newman’s body of work representing colorful mishmash made of wire, yarn, and fabric was created during his residency at Dartmouth

John Newman – Ask the Fact for the Form (Red Collapse),

John Newman – Artist with a Magical Touch

John Newman’s striking sculptures appear as if they were made upon the rules applied for them alone. Some of them appear as beings from another planet or those coming from the depths of the ocean. Other times his art pieces resemble scientific equipment ready to be used or added to the collection of a museum. Or the viewers are found face to face with a colorful mishmash made of wire, yarn, and fabric. Despite the variety of structures the C-shape seems to be the artist’s favorite as it conveys the notion of body’s twisting and embracing. John Newton is also prolific in the medium of drawing that gives him the freedom that sculpting often cannot. Unlike sculpting, drawings enables the sculptor to envision an image and create body of work that doesn’t depend on of gravity or the endurance of the materials. The colorful drawings often represents the basis for the artist’s sculptures and prints. His work was featured in some of the world’s finest galleries and museums including 200 Fifth Avenue, NY in 2016,Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center, 2008, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, New York Studio School Gallery, New York in 2011, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, 2014 and Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 2013.

John Newman lives and works in the United States


  1. Rubenstein R., (2016) A Stealth Revolution in Sculpture: John Newman, FlashArt, [March 4, 2017]
  2. Stillman S., (2013)John Newman, ExBerliner, [March 4, 2017]

Featured image: Photo by Eli Burakian ’00 via
Images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016John Newman: Making A Case For Sculpture200 Fifth Avenue, NYSolo
2016SpoonfulsTibor de Nagy Gallery, NYSolo
2016Possible in Principle The Beeler Gallery, CCAD, Columbus, OHSolo
2014Fit Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYSolo
2013Everything is on the Table Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New HampshireSolo
2012John NewmanTibor de Nagy Gallery, NYSolo
2010John NewmanTexas Gallery, Houston, TexasSolo
2009Instruments of ArgumentNew York Studio School GallerySolo
2006John NewmanByron Cohen Gallery, Kansas CitySolo
2005Monkey Wrenches and Household SaintsClifford Gallery, Colgate University (catalogue)Solo
2003John NewmanVon Lintel Gallery, New YorkSolo
2003Disguise the LimitsThe Handworkshop, Richmond, VirginiaSolo
2001HOMESPUN Von Lintel & Nusser, New York (catalogue)Solo
1999John NewmanContemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad, IndiaSolo
1999John NewmanAmherst College, Amherst, MassachusettsSolo
1998John NewmanGrounds for Sculpture, Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, New JerseySolo
1997John NewmanGalerie Fred Jahn, MunichSolo
1996John NewmanJason McCoy Inc., New York (catalogue)Solo
1996John NewmanBobbie Greenfield Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
1996John NewmanFay Gold Gallery, AtlantaSolo
1995John NewmanJason McCoy Inc., New YorkSolo
1995John NewmanTyler Graphics, Mt. Kisco, NY (catalogue)Solo
1994John NewmanNolan Eckman Gallery, New YorkSolo
1994John NewmanJan Abrams Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2016UntitledFour A.M. (window display), Four A.M., New York, NYGroup
2016Editions & Monoprints: selected works on paper, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NYGroup
2016DRAWING, Kerry Schuss New York, NYGroup
2016Sculptural Drawings: John Newman, Mel Kendrick & Chris Macdonald, Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art, NYGroup
2015Beyond the Buzz: New Forms, Realities, and Environments in Digital Fabrication, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery, Minn, MNGroup
2015The Musical Box: John Newman and Cary Smith, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NYGroup
2015 The Space Between, curated by Jennifer Samet, NY Studio School, NYGroup
2015True Monotypes, International Print Center, NYGroup
2014In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NHGroup
2014Spin Zero, Novella Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013 DeCenter: An Exhibition of the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show, Abrons Arts center, Henry StreetGroup
2013Settlement, NYC and George Washington University, Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.Group
2013Flight from Nature: The Abstract as Ideal, The National Arts Club, NYGroup
2013Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1, Dedalus Foundation, 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2013Decenter NY Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.Group
2012Invitational, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYGroup
2012Working Drawing. Rutgers Center for the Arts, NJGroup
2012Cheat Chains and Telephone: Fabienne Lassere, Elisa Lendvay, John Newman, B. Wurtz, Kansas Gallery, NYGroup
2012Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012, Toledo Museum of Art, OHGroup
2011Object/Image, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYGroup
2011paper a-z, Sue Scott Gallery, NYGroup
2010Galaxy and Cosmos, Jason McCoy Gallery, NYCGroup
2010Make yourself at home, 7eleven Gallery, NYCGroup
2010Decameron: David Cohen’s decade of exhibitions at the New York Studio School, New York Studio School Gallery, NYGroup
2010Works on Paper, Danese, New YorkGroup
2010Take Five, Plus Gallery, Denver , COGroup
2010American Drawings and Selected Prints Karl and Faber, Munich, GermanyGroup
2010First in Translation: Works on paper by the NYSS FacultyNew York Studio School. NYGroup
2009OctetPera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey and Visual Arts Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009Sculpture and Drawings Danese, New YorkGroup
2009Pretty, StrangeLuise Ross Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009Old Dogs, New Tricks KS ART, New YorkGroup
2009Collect with UsArmand Bartos Fine Art, New YorkGroup
2009Out of Line: Drawings from the Allen from the Twentieth century and BeyondAllen Art Museum, Oberlin, OHGroup
2008American Art since 1945: In a New Light the McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, TXGroup
2008another damned drawing show Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008Shark’s Ink, RevisitedFoster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center, Eau Claire, WisconsinGroup
2007QuirkyWestport Arts Center, CTGroup
2007Two Mediums, One World Plattsburgh State Museum of Art, SUNYGroup
2007Vermillion Editions Limited: Prints, Multiples, Artists' Books 1977-92Minneapolis Institute of ArtGroup
2007Minimalsim /Postminimalsim:Selections from the Collection of Jordan D. Scnitzer and his family foundation Portland Art Museum, ORGroup
2006COLOR International Print Center, New York and Maier Museum at Randolph Macon Woman's College,Ashland, VirginiaGroup
2006In MaterialEdward Thorp Gallery, New YorkGroup
2006Americakanishe Zeichnung Volcker und Freunde, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2006New Prints 2000-2006 International print center, NYGroup
2006Inaugural Exhibition: 100 Artists-100 Water ColrsJeannie Freilich Gallery, New YorkGroup
2006Marks of Intention: Abstract Art on Paper 1945-2005 Minneapolis Institute of Art, MinnGroup
2006CraftyMassachusetts College of Art, Bakalar Gallery, Boston, Mass.Group
2006Two friends and so on, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New YorkGroup
2005Singular Expressions, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NebraskaGroup
2005InvitationalAmerican Academy of Arts and Letters,, N.Y.Group
2005Carroll Dunham, John Newman, Terry Winters: Works on Paper, Galerie Fred Jahn, MunichGroup
2004Compound Interest Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, N.Y.Group
2004Colored Pencil KS Art, NYCGroup
2004New Prints 2004 International Print Center New YorkGroup
2004Super Sized, Meadowbrook Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester, MichiganGroup
2004Masala: Diversity and Democracy in Soth Asian Art, William Benton Museum of Art,University of ConnecticutGroup
2003ON PAPER: Masterworks form the Addison Collection Addison Art Gallery, Andover, Mass.Group
2003Ballpoint Inklings, K.S. Art, New YorkGroup
2003Inside/Outside, On the Wall: Sculpture Invitational, Hebrew Home for the Aged at RiverdaleGroup
2003New Prints 2003-Summer, International Print Center, New YorkGroup
2002Tenth Anniversary Invitational, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New JerseyGroup
2002Ballpoint Inklings, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, Mass.Group
2001Kinds of Drawing, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts at AmherstGroup
2001Alumni Choice: An Exhibition of Works on Paper, Yale University School of ArtGroup
2001Kenneth Tyler: Thirty Years of Printmaking, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CaliforniaGroup
2000Art 2000, Gagosian GalleryGroup
2000Fast, GrandArts, Kansas CityGroup
2000Drawings and Photographs: An Exhibition to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance, Matthew Marks Gallery, NYCGroup
1999Forms that SpeakCenter for Contemporary Graphics and the Tyler Graphics Archive, Fukushima, JapanGroup
1999The Story of Prints Center for Contemporary Graphics and the Tyler Graphics Archive,Fukushima, JapanGroup
1998American Drawings: 1969-96 Galerie Tony Wuethrich, , BaselGroup
1997American Abstraction, Gerald Peters Gallery, ,Dallas, TXGroup
1997Graphit auf Papier, Galerie Thomas von Lintel, Munchen, February 6-April 5Group
1996Disegni Americani degli Anni Ottanta,La Galleria Milano, ItalyGroup
1995Invitational Exhibition, American Academy of Arts & Letters, ,New YorkGroup
1995Printmaking in America: Collaborative Prints & Presses, 1960-1990,Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, State University of New JerseyGroup
1995Printmaking in America: Collaborative Prints & Presses, 1960-1990,Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TXGroup
1995Printmaking in America: Collaborative Prints & Presses, 1960-1990,National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DCGroup
1994Ideas and Objects: Selected Drawings and Sculptures from the Permanent Collection,Whitney Museum of American ArtGroup
1994Invitational Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYGroup
1994New Acquisitions, New York Public LibraryGroup
1994Constructed in 2 & 3 Dimensions, Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
199446th Annual Academy Purchase Exhibition,American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYGroup
1993Four Centuries of Drawing 1593-1993, Kohn Abrams Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
1993Works on Paper, Kohn Abrams Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
1993Yale Collects Yale, Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1993Grounds for Sculpture, Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJGroup
1993Fresh Paint, Miller,Block Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
1993Bienale 20: International Biennial of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, YugoslaviaGroup
1993Projects, Betsy Senior Contemporary Prints, New YorkGroup
1993Making Connections: Approaches to Space in Drawing, Maier Museum of Art,Group
1992Innovation in Collaborative Printmaking: Kenneth Tyler, 1963 - 1992, YokohamaGroup
1992Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy and Institute ofArts and Letters, New YorkGroup
1992Summer Drawing Show, Galerie Fred Jahn, StuttgartGroup
1992The Printed Image, Hastings on Hudson, New YorkGroup
1992Sculpture: Color and Motion, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New YorkGroup
1992Volume 6: Six Contemporary Sculptors, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, L.I.Group
1992Elizabeth Murray, John Newman, Carl Ostendarp, Jay Gorney Modern Art, NYGroup
1992Drawn in the 90s, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; Fine Art Gallery,Group
1992Drawn in the 90s,NH; University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, CAGroup
1992Drawn in the 90s,Worcester Art Musuem, Worcester, MA; Group
1992Drawn in the 90s,Lamont Gallery, Exeter,Group
1991Collaborations: Recent Work From Tyler Graphics, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, RidgefieldGroup
1991The 1980s: A Selected View from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
1991American Abstraction at the Addison,Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy, Andover, MAGroup
1991Large Scale Works on Paper, John Berggruen Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
1991Mel Bochner and John Newman: New Prints, Paul Cava Gallery, PhiladelphiaGroup
1991Master Drawings: 1520-1990, Janie C. Lee Master Drawings, New York and Kate Ganz, Ltd., LondonGroup
1991Black and White Prints, Lorence Monk Gallery, New YorkGroup
1991Small Format Works on Paper, John Berggruen Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
1990An Overview of Drawing, David Nolan Gallery, New YorkGroup
199020th Century Collage, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
1990Mind and Matter: New American Abstraction, Organized by International Art ProjectsGroup
1989Art in Place, Whitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
1989Four Americans: Aspects of Current Sculpture, The Brooklyn MuseumGroup
1989The 80s in Review, Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County, Stamford, CTGroup
1989The 1980s: Prints from the Collection of Joshua P. Smith, National Gallery, Washington, D.C.Group
1989Projects & Portfolios: The 25th National Print Exhibition, The Brooklyn MuseumGroup
1989A Decade of American Drawings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
1989Bienale 18: International Biennial of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, YugoslaviaGroup
1989Sculptor's Drawings, David Beitzel Gallery, New YorkGroup
1989Drawings by Sculptors, Alice Simsar Gallery, Ann Arbor, MichiganGroup
1989The Emerging Figure, The Norton Gallery, West Palm Beach, FloridaGroup
1989Art of the 80s: From the Collection of Chemical Bank, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJGroup
1989Great American Prints, Dolan-Maxwell Gallery, PhiladelphiaGroup
1989Sculpture, Krygier,Landau Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CaliforniaGroup
1988Drawings and Related Prints, Castelli Graphics, New YorkGroup
1988Enclosing the Void, Whitney Museum of American Art, Equitable CenterGroup
1988Vital Signs: Organic Abstraction, Whitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
1988Sculpture Since the Sixties, Whitney Museum of American Art, Equitable Center, NYGroup
1988Innovations in Sculpture, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, ConnecticutGroup
19881988 Invitational, New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, ConnecticutGroup
1988Systems, Hunter College Art Galleries, New YorkGroup
1988Editions Ilene Kurtz Latest Release, Gallery Mukai, Tokyo, JapanGroup
1987The Inscribed Image, Curated by Pat McCoy, Lang and O'Hara Gallery, NYGroup
1987New Acquisitions, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MinnesotaGroup
1987Selections from the Edward R. Downe Collection, Knight Gallery, Charlotte, NC and Wellesley Museum, MassachusettsGroup
1987The Structural Image,Dolan Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaGroup
1986Monumental Drawings, The Brooklyn Museum, BrooklynGroup
1986Sculpture on the Wall, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CTGroup
1986Drawing: Carroll Dunham, John Newman, Terry Winters, Jeffrey Hoffeld & Company, New YorkGroup
1986Drawings, Barbara Krakow Gallery, BostonGroup
1986Intuitive Line, Hirschl and Adler Modern, New YorkGroup
1986Monsters: The Phenomena of Dispassion, Barbara Toll Gallery, New YorkGroup
1986New Prints, Marina Hamilton Gallery, New YorkGroup
1986New Prints, Patricia Heesy Gallery, New YorkGroup
1986Drawings by Sculptors, Nora Haime Gallery, New YorkGroup
1986Drawings, Knight Gallery, Charlotte, North CarolinaGroup
1986Drawings, Althea Viafora Gallery, New YorkGroup
1985Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
1985Working on the Railroad, Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County, CTGroup
1985Mathematics: Clarity of Thought, Clarence Gallery, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PAGroup
1985AIDS Benefit, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
1985Sculpture's Drawings, Diane Brown Gallery, New YorkGroup
1985Between Drawing and Sculpture, Sculpture Center, New YorkGroup
1984UntitledDaniel Weinberg Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
1984Benefit for Bomb Magazine, Blum Helman Warehouse, New YorkGroup
1984Drawings, Barbara Toll Gallery, New YorkGroup
1984Sistovaris Collection, Musee Athenee, Geneva, SwitzerlandLawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaGroup
1983New Sculpture: Icon and Environment, Traveling Museum Show, organized by Independent Curators, Inc.Group
1983Drawing it Out, Baskerville & Watson Gallery, New YorkGroup
1983The New Sculpture, Hamilton Gallery, New YorkGroup
1983New Biomorphism and Automatism, Hamilton Gallery,New YorkGroup
1983Group Show, Willard Gallery, New YorkGroup
1981New Visions, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, ConnecticutGroup
1980Painting in Relief, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown BranchGroup
1980Black and White, Thomas Segal Gallery, BostonGroup
1979Corners, Hayden Gallery, MIT, Cambridge, MassachusettsGroup
1979Six Sculptures, Institute of Contemporary Art, BostonGroup
1978More Talent, Thomas Segal Gallery, BostonGroup
1977Art of the State, Hayden Gallery, MIT, Cambridge, MassachusettsGroup
1977Sculpture, Thomas Segal Gallery, BostonGroup
1977Between Painting and Sculpture, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MassachusettsGroup
1975Art Transition, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT, Cambridge, MAGroup
1975Sculpture and Drawings, 112 Greene Street, New YorkGroup
1973Whitney Independent Study Program Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYGroup

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