Will Barnet: A Centennial Celebration
Barnet's highly original recent work builds upon the foundation of his Indian Space work of the 1950s, which is based upon the Native American–inspired integration of organic and geometric pictograph forms within a flat, seamless space. These works were begun in 2003 and were exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum in 2007. Barnet redeveloped ideas that he never completed during his shift from abstraction to figurative work in the 1960s. Barnet’s unusual combinations of subtly painted, imaginary figurative imagery are enhanced by his new vision of color and special feeling, demonstrating his continuous capacity for reinvention and new perspectives as he nears 100. The exhibition featured 10–15 works done since his 2007 show at MAM.