Will Barnet, a titan of the visual art world, died at his home in New York on Tuesday. He was 101.
His family said the cause of death was old age. “He died peacefully in his home,” said Phil Alexandre of New York’s Alexandre Gallery, which represented Barnet.
Barnet, an art educator and a lifelong champion of the arts, inspired generations of artists and lived long enough to enjoy many honors that most artists receive only posthumously. In 2011, President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor for an individual artist in the United States.
This year, France recognized him with the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Barnet and his wife, Elena, lived in a duplex at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park in Manhattan. They were without power for a few days because of Superstorm Sandy, and had to move to a warmer apartment.
Barnet got “a touch of pneumonia” during the power outage, Alexandre said, but had been feeling better in recent days.
His daughter, Ona, said her father visited many art galleries on Saturday, “doing what he loved the most.”
Hard of hearing and unable to walk, Barnet never allowed his physical ailments to limit his love of art, said a longtime friend, Ira Goldberg, executive director of the Arts Students League of New York, where Barnet studied and taught.
He was as committed to his work at 101 as he was when he was a young man making his way in New York, Goldberg said.
Barnett was probably best known for paintings and prints of women with their cats.
[thanks to the Portland (Maine) Press Herald]
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Perhaps he’s got a distorted sense of humor…how could anyone think he really believes what he said?
Then he attempted to clarify his comment, but added to the controversy instead. His quote:
A reporter asked LePage if the IRS was headed in that direction, and he said it was.
When asked if he thought the IRS was going to kill a lot of people like the Nazis, LePage said:
When do gubernatorial elections come up again in Maine? This guy has really got to go. In one small set of statements he has offended Americans, Maine voters and Jews everywhere…and he doesn’t even know it.
- LePage tells Vt. reporter IRS is not as bad as the Gestapo – yet (bangordailynews.com)
- Maine Governor: IRS Is ‘Headed’ In The Direction Of Killing A Lot Of People (huffingtonpost.com)
- Maine Governor Paul LePage Acknowledges That It Is Possible the IRS Is Not Quite As Bad As the Nazi Secret Police at This Very Moment (nymag.com)
- Maine gov: IRS ‘headed’ in Gestapo’s path (content.usatoday.com)
- Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage says the IRS is going to kill a lot of people – seriously (dailykos.com)
- An open letter to Governor Paul LePage: (thenewquakeragitator.wordpress.com)
- Maine Governor Calls Obamacare’s IRS Agents the “New Gestapo” (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Maine governor draws ire with new IRS ‘Gestapo’ comments (vancouverdesi.com)
- Maine gov calls IRS ‘new Gestapo’ in radio speech (sacbee.com)
Here’s one you weren’t expecting:
(Reuters) – A Frenchman took Google to court on Thursday over a photo published online by its Street View application showing him urinating in his front yard which he believes has made him the laughing stock of his village in rural northwest France.
The man, who is aged around 50 and lives in a village of some 3,000 people in the Maine-et-Loire region, is demanding the removal of the photo, in which locals have recognised him despite his face being blurred out.
He also wants 10,000 euros in damages.
“Everyone has the right to a degree of secrecy,” his lawyer, Jean-Noel Bouillard, told Reuters. “In this particular case, it’s more amusing than serious. But if he’d been caught kissing a woman other than his wife, he would have had the same issue.”
The Judge is ruling on March 15th. This will be one to wait for.
Meanwhile, watch what you do in your own yard.
A group called BrokeFix in protest of the removal of the Labor Mural from the Maine Capitol in Augusta by the Right Wing Governor did what was called a “Photo Bomb” demonstration to bring the mural back.
Take a look:
The USDoL had put up more than $36,000 to help commission the mural. If it is not put back in actuality, the citizens of Maine will likely have to return the grant money.
- Protesters raise a ruckus at state Capitol building (kitsapsun.com)
- Maine artist hoped labor mural would educate (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Removal of Mural May Cost Maine Taxpayers (politicalwire.com)
- Feds to Maine: Reinstall labor mural or repay funding (via CNN Political Ticker) (richardemanuel.wordpress.com)
- US Labor Dept. steps into Maine mural dispute (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Maine Takes Down Labor Mural (npr.org)
What is it about these TeaBag Governors? Have they forgotten all the advances that Labor brought to this country? Eight hour days? Weekends off? Summer vacations? Regular advancements and fair negotiations? This Le Page is as bad as Scott Walker and just as deserving of removal.
- What Maine’s assault on labor history really means (salon.com)
- Maine governor tries to disappear labor history (salon.com)
- Why Gov. LePage Can’t Erase History, And Why We Need a Fighter In The White House (tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Gov. LePage Orders Removal of Labor Mural from Maine Department of Labor (workinprogress.firedoglake.com)
- Robert Reich: Why Maine’s Governor LePage Can’t Erase History, and Why We Need a Fighter in the White House (huffingtonpost.com)
- No pictures of labor in the Department of labor. (preaprez.wordpress.com)
- Maine Governor To Remove Pro-Labor Mural From Labor Department HQ (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
From The Hill: Collins says ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal must wait for tax cuts By Michael O’Brien
Here’s a piece of O’Brien’s article.
The next time someone tells you that Susan Collins is a “liberal” Republican, have them read this…
There’s more at TheHill.com:
- Scott Brown May Support Repeal of Military Gay Ban – But Not Not Yet. (blogs.wsj.com)
- Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins Have the Power to End “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Will They? (gayrights.change.org)
- GOP Sens. Threaten to Block Repeal (pinkbananaworld.com)
- ‘Don’t ask’ repeal loses momentum (politico.com)
- Senator Susan Collins Supports DADT Repeal- With Conditions (lezgetreal.com)
- “Don’t ask, don’t tell” probably not happening any time soon (salon.com)