The challenges of translating from one language to another are well discussed and lamented. These challenges increase when poetry is involved: not only must the meaning emerge, but the product must SOUND like something that could count as a poem.

Marcia Haag, "On Translating Choctaw Poems" from issue 14

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Will Barnet is a renowned American artist whose work “makes us experience the interplay between the personal and the universal,” in the words of James Thomas Flexner. While remaining representational, the simple elegance of the figures and their flat surfaces reflect his exploration with abstraction. He was a key figure in the New York movement called Indian Space Painting, artists who based their abstract and semi-abstract work on Native American art. Barnet influenced a generation of artists, including James Rosenquist, Knox Martin, Paul Jenkins and Cy Twombly. For many years he pursued abstraction in painting, then a fashionable trend in the USA. His later work returned to figurative painting. He is probably best known for his enigmatic portraits of family, made from the 1970s onwards, notably the Silent Seasons series.

His works have entered virtually every major public collection in the United States, including the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whit- ney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has been the subject of over eighty solo exhibitions held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design Museum, the National Museum of American Art, Montclair Art Museum, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art among others, including the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. He died in November 2012 at the age of 101.

 


Will Barnet
Seventh Season n.d.
Seriagraph/Silkscreen. 45.5" H x 36.75" W


Previously Featured Artists

Yvonne Jacquette / Motion Picture
Luis Santos / The Magician
Victor Vasarely / Untitled
Catalina Mayanz, Lenka Guisande, Carly Holland, and Wendy  Minor / Penguins
Roy Lichtenstein / Dancing Figures
Letitia Waller / A Silent Cry
Alvin Rosser / The Boulevardier
Herman Leonard / Charlie Parker & The Metronome All-Stars
Harvey Breverman / Newcomer and the Honors
Mary Manusos / Obstruction
Donald Roberts / Island Forest Grotto
Karla Hackenmiller / Liminal Series
Patricia Cué / Here/Now
Laura Larson / My Dark Places