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AMERICAN

ARTIST

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FEBRUARY 2012

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Courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York, New York. Will Barnet.

ON THE COVER
26 Winter Nights: Make a Cityscape

in 5 Easy Steps!

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34 Fair Game: The Female Figure in

Contemporary Art
40 Will Barnet at 100: Timeless

DEPARTMENTS

Advice From a Legendary Master

EDITORS NOTE

74 TECHNICAL Q+A

ART MART

76 COMING IN...

52 Art Gets Real: 6 Painters Search

for True Meaning


58 The Nerdrum Affair: An Artist at Risk
10 QUICK SKETCHES

78 BULLETIN BOARD

64 EXHIBITIONS

80 ART FOR THOUGHT

71 BUSINESS OF ART
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COVER IMAGE:
The Skaters
by Will Barnet, 1986, oil, 7534 x 4034. Courtesy Alexandre
Gallery, New York, New York. Will Barnet.

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CONTENTS
FEATURES
20 The Art of the American Twenties, Part 2:

Exploring America
BY JOHN A. PARKS

In our second look at the Brooklyn Museums current


exhibition Youth and Beauty: Art of the American
Twenties, we consider several movements and ideologies that informed some of the most accomplished
artists of this era.

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26 Shaping the City


BY AUSTIN R. WILLIAMS

John K. Harrell layers on the acrylic paint in order to


represent the vitality of urban landscapes.
34 No Babes on Sheets
BY COURTNEY JORDAN

The figures in Martha Erlebachers paintings are a


good-looking bunch, but loaded as they are with symbolism, allegorical narrative, and humanist themes, they
go far beyond classical ideals of the human form.

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40 Will Barnet, Walter Kuhlman, Burton Silverman:

Three Painters Visualize the Real World


BY MICHAEL GORMLEY

The paintings and prints of these three artists suggest


some of the grand possibilities for contemporary artists
working in different strands of realism.
52 Patricia Watwood: Myths and Individuals
BY JAMES DUNCAN

Through her exploration of myths and spiritual journeys,


Patricia Watwood finds individual narratives that
communicate the human search for truth in the
modern era.
58 The Nerdrum Affair
BY ALLISON MALAFRONTE

In response to the recent prison sentence of Norwegian


artist Odd Nerdrum, American Artist is revealing some
of the facts of the trial and giving several of his contemporaries an opportunity to voice their opinions.

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