Will Barnet


Born May 25, 1911

Died November 13, 2012

Barnet's professional career spanned nearly nine decades, from his early work in the Graphic Arts Division of the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration to recent retrospective exhibitions. His work appears in more than 200 museum collections, including the MFA Boston, the MoMA in New York, the Guggenheim in New York, the Vatican Museum in Rome, and the British Museum in London. Barnet went on to teach at many institutions, including Cooper Union and Yale University. He was a member of the National Academy of Design and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. 

In 2011, Barnet received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in Washington DC.

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In this video, artist Will Barnet discusses his eighty-plus year career and his painting Male and Female (1954), which was on view in the 2012 Whitney exhibition Signs & Symbols.

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