Kennedy Museum of Art

Ohio University - Lin Hall - The Ridges - Athens, OH



Will Barnet: An American Master

August 31, 1999 - October 31, 1999


The Kennedy Museum of Art is offering a glimpse at the work of one of the 20th century's printmaking masters through October 31, 1999. Will Barnet has been considered one of the major figures in printmaking in the United States since the 1930s. He has created more than 240 print editions and also has worked as a teacher and arts administrator.

The traveling collection of 58 prints to be exhibited at the Kennedy Museum was organized by the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto, Pennsylvania. It showcases all three methods of printmaking: relief, intaglio and planographic.

A relief is created when ink is applied to a raised surface, usually wood, which is then pressed onto a sheet of paper. An intaglio print is made from a recessed design cut in the matrix. Ink is pressed into the matrix and transfers to the paper when pressed. Examples of intaglio prints include engravings and etchings. A planographic print is created with a greasy crayon. Water is applied to the surface and then ink, which is held by the greasy image, is applied to the surface. A press is then used to transfer the image to paper. Lithographs are a form of planographic prints.

"The exhibit was designed as a chronological survey and stylistic evolution of Barnet's work as well as a review of the movements in modern art," said Michael Tomor, curator of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. "In chronological order, his work mirrors all of the major movements in modern art." Tomor said he created the exhibit to honor one of the most well-respected living artists of this century. Barnet is 88 years old and remains dedicated to the field.

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