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Vera Barnett
Three Ages of Woman (after Gustav Klimt)

2009

$9,000

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Vera Barnett has taken on a range of themes in her works, producing multiple series of paintings inspired by phobias, famous artworks, or most recently the written word in her exhibition, “Vera Barnett: The Painted Word.” Barnett’s paintings, at once both still life and figurative, are first composed as hand-made maquettes in her studio. Once the scene is created – using sewn plastic and cloth, cardboard, tape, and found objects – Barnett paints her tableaus in a trompe l’oeil manner so real as to confound the viewer. The figures’ fabricated textures are rendered so convincingly, yet their presence and humanity are fully authentic. In his essay, “The Fabrications of Vera Barnett: An Appreciation,” Frederick Turner wrote of Barnett’s subjects: “To begin with, they have been painted with such loving classical attention that their cheap materials and tight or flaccid artificiality take on a kind of pathos, are ennobled by the attention they have been given.” Turner continues, “And here we come to what I believe is Barnett’s breathtaking – or rather breathgiving – reply to all the modernist and postmodernist critics of reproduction. Her paintings are not just reproductions, but reproductions of reproductions of reproductions, like humans and animals and plants, or like the repeats in wallpaper or cloth print patterns she uses as backdrops (themselves minutely and lovingly recorded). “ Barnett studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. This painting was included her solo exhibition at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, “Vera Barnett: Classical Plastique,” in 2006. Bibliography: “Vera Barnett: Classical Plastique,” exhibition catalogue, with the essay “The Fabrications of Vera Barnett: an Appreciation” by Frederick Turner, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas, 2010. The dimensions including the frame are 49 x 37 inches.

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