|Will Barnet, Willie, Age 2 1/2, 1984. Charcoal on vegetable parchment paper. FA 2009.12.2|
One of the featured artists in the exhibition is Will Barnet, an artist and educator who explored drawing, painting, watercolor, and printmaking throughout his 101 years of life. He is known for his gracefully stylized portraits depicting figures and animals, mostly based on his wife and children in scenes of both everyday life and also in colorfully imagined dreamlike atmospheres. Barnet was an influential figure in the New York-based movement of “Indian Space Painting,” in which artists based their semi-abstract work on traditional Native American art.
The gestural charcoal portraits in the Vogel Collection are more naturalistic and detailed than the artist’s better-known work, yet they reflect the simplified economy of line typical of his paintings.
In 2011, Barnet was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.
|Will Barnet, Self-Portrait, 1981. image source|