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Barnett #Newman. Broken Obelisk. 1963-69. #AbEx #AbstractExpressionism. The top of the obelisk kissing, in a sense, the top of the pyramid. A sculpture that stands on its head, literally. Made in 1967, a time of great unrest in the US, what he is achieving is memorial form, which is not memorial to anything. The idea of soaring aspiration unfulfilled, a lament for a time that isn't any more of heroes, but one of assassinations, of broken dreams, disappointments.