By Christopher Zoukis
One large, flat rectangle, dark gray in color, stands like the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey. In front of it, like small children who cannot contain their energy, two smaller oblongs of the same color and density lie on their heels. All three are made of rock. What kind of rock, I don’t know. Perhaps granite, perhaps black marble.
They are tombstones. The large monolith reads: BARNETT NEWMAN. The letters engraved in four-inch letters in the hard, polished surface of the rock, like one of the Ten Commandments.
On the left of the smaller rectangles is engraved: BARNETT NEWMAN. Underneath the name it says: January 29, 1905 – July 4, 1970.
The smaller rectangle on the right carries the name of his wife. Obviously, Barnett gets top billing because he was the star of the family. He dropped dead of a heart attack.
The three tombstones reside in Montefiore Cemetery, Saint Albans, Queens County, New York. The street address is 121-83 Springfield Boulevard.