Thursday, March 26, 2009

Will Barnet's Sketchbook

Will Barnet, one of the most prolific and widely exhibited living American painters, turns 98 in May, and in celebration of this event we're publishing Will Barnet: A Sketchbook, 1932-1934, which collects sketches from Barnet's formative years that have never before been exhibited or published.

Library Journal reviews A Sketchbook in its latest issue:
Eight decades of American artist Barnet's work have reflected trends from social realism to abstract formalism in prints, drawing, and paintings. Published here is a recently uncovered collection of sketches figurative in their style. Vibrant yet precise, these were executed en plein air in the early 1930s while Barnet was a student at the Art Students League in Manhattan. The drawings evoke the life and vitality of city dwellers in summertime, enjoying New York's Central Park as a communal backyard.
Check back later as we post some selected images from this beautiful new book.

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