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Daily Art Moment: Will Barnet

“On Monday, curator Grace Kook-Anderson shared Jacob Lawrence’s inspiring image of voters, a screenprint he prepared for the Kent Bicentennial portfolio. As she notes, the commissioned artists were asked to respond to the question, ‘What does independence mean to you?’. Reviewing the portfolio in ‘The New York Times’ in 1976, one critic cited Barnet’s image of New England women anxiously awaiting the return of their seafaring kin as ‘The least pertinent in subject matter’ to the portfolio. Today, Barnet’s view of patience as a vital tool of independence and democracy seems eerily prescient.”

Mary Weaver Chapin, Curator of Prints and Drawings

Will Barnet, Waiting, from the Kent Bicentennial Portfolio: Spirit of Independence, 1974/1975, color lithograph and screenprint on paper, Gift of Lorillard, © unknown, research required, 76.4.1