This exhibition features a selection of paintings and prints by the artist Will Barnet that are part of a special collection of 68 works donated to PAAM by Jack Krumholz and Marjorie Jacoby in 2022.
Carefully curated over decades, this collection represents a well-rounded selection of both figurative and abstract works that highlight Barnet’s significant career. Born in 1911 in Beverly, Massachusetts, Will Barnet knew by the age of ten that he wanted to be an artist. As a student, he studied with Philip Leslie Hale at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and viewed first-hand John Singer Sargent at work on the murals of the Boston Public Library. In 1930, Barnet studied at the Art Students League of New York, with Stuart Davis and Charles Locke, beginning his long association with the school. Here he concentrated on painting as well as printmaking, and, in 1936, he became the official printer for the Art Students League. There, he later instructed students in the graphic arts at the school and taught alongside the likes of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Robert Beverly Hale and Richard Pousette-Dart.
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