Current Exhibition:

The David Barnett Gallery presents our “50th Anniversary Exhibition”. The opening reception will be held on Gallery Night & Day, Friday, January 20, 2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. The gallery is located at 1024 E. State St. at Prospect Ave. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

The David Barnett Gallery has supported and encouraged local artists since the founding of the gallery in 1966.  The mission of the gallery was to show graduate student’s work from local colleges due to the minimal opportunities to show artwork in Milwaukee at the time.  In 1968 the gallery began showing world renowned established masters such as Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Chagall, Miro, Dali, Kandinsky and Pissarro.  The profits from these masters work enabled the gallery to fund the promotion and exhibition of unknown and emerging artists throughout Wisconsin. 

 

David Barnett on the creative process behind art:

 

“Anything done with a high level of innovation can be perceived as an art, and the creative process behind all of these art forms is the same.  An artist painting, a musician playing, a ballerina dancing, a quarterback throwing, a chef cooking, a lawyer negotiating, a scientist discovering – it’s all the same.  The creative process is what drives me; it’s the artists that drive me crazy.  I know first-hand because I’m an artist myself.”

 

This exhibition will feature artists exhibited since the inception of the gallery in 1966.  Artists include Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Miro, Avery, Van Dongen, Renoir, Rembrandt, Pissarro, Weisbuch, Masson, Dali, John Steuart Curry, Summers, Gutierrez, Rosenquist, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Kandinsky, Marini, Degas, Giacometti, Karen Hoepting, Katherine Hartley, Leonard Baskin, Currier & Ives, Homer and Altman. Wisconsin artists featured include Joseph Rozman, Reginald K. Gee, Alayna Rose, Karin Krohne Kaufman, Dan Muller, David Barnett, Joan Dvorsky, Tom Ferderbar, Francesco Spicuzza, Sylvia Spicuzza and Alicia Czechowski. Old Masters, African, Latin American, Indonesian, New Guinea and Haitian art will also be represented. Through April 15, 2017.

 

 

Past Exhibition:

Fine Art Photography: Transcending Language

The David Barnett Gallery presents “Fine Art Photography: Transcending Language”. The opening reception will be held on Gallery Night & Day, Friday, October 21, 2016 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. The gallery is located at 1024 E. State St. at Prospect Ave. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

Experiencing visual art directly one on one often times goes beyond the written word.  This exhibition of fine art photographic images communicates visually with the viewer in ways that cannot be appreciated solely in writing.  Through heightened visual experience one gets joy and a deeper understanding of the artists’ thoughts and vision.  Visual storytelling, the old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”, holds true here.  Artists include, David Barnett, Tom Ferderbar, Phil Krejcarek, Francesco Spicuzza, Joan Dvorsky, Barbara Slane, Murray Weiss, Jacob Obletz, Jessie Spiess, Robert Sheer, George Zimbel, James Auer, Terry Warpinski, L.C. Kopczyk, Leslie Borns, Edward Sheriff Curtis and Diana Sowder.

 

Also featured will be a c.1900 photograph with hand painting embellishment of a Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, a hybrid form of portraiture-part photomechanical and part handwork. This exhibition will run through January 14, 2017.