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This lecture presents a unique opportunity:
After Myron’s death in 2016, Cat Barnstone-Szafran revealed a wealth of her father’s artwork which had remained in storage for nearly 50 years. Works that received critical acclaim in Paris in the 1960’s could now be viewed once again. Shocking and prescient when first seen in the Cold War era, these works have lost none of their power. Myron’s work remains strikingly fresh and relevant.
Roger Brinker was familiar with a few works that hung in Myron’s residence and with photo albums seen by select students in the early days at the Barnstone Studios. However, he was astonished by the trove of more than 500 of Myron’s artworks, representing 15 years of dedicated, full-time endeavor. He became involved in cataloging the works and developing a chronology. Activities led to further revelations. In addition to curating a teaching exhibition of Myron’s work, Roger started to analyze and interpret the artworks in relation to the principles of the Barnstone Method. Comparisons to the master work slides from Myron’s lectures at the Barnstone Studios revealed correlations with modernists like Jacques Villon, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, and Rico Lebrun. Additional references cite Goya, Géricault, Rubens, and Michelangelo.
This lecture was enthusiastically praised by Studios alumni when first presented in person. For the disappointed art lovers that missed the live lecture we are presenting this opportunity to download and appreciate Roger Brinker’s presentation ‘De-Mystifying the Art of Myron Barnstone’.
What students say about De-Mystifying the Art of Myron Barnstone
Both the content and the way Roger presented the content was absolutely amazing! I am even more in awe of Myron’s draftsmanship, prowess and vision. Myron deserves to be reconfirmed as a powerful influence in the art world. Roger has done an incredible job unraveling Myron’s artworks and he pieced the puzzle of Myron Barnstone’s genius beautifully.
~ Rebecca Burritt
I loved Roger’s lecture about De-Mystifying the Art of Myron Barnstone. I thought it was brilliant and it gave me a huge jolt of inspiration. I studied with Roger in the youth classes and then moved into the adult classes with Myron for a few years. It was fun being back in the classroom with them both on this occasion. I am looking forward to more lectures like that in the future.
~ Danny Muhr
Nurturing and building his student’s unique artistic voice from a strong mastery of the skills and techniques that are Western art’s legacy is Roger Brinker’s specialty.
In fact, Brinker invented a new research concept modeled on the idea of an artistic genealogy: by tracing his own teachers’ artistic roots, he was able to chart a lineage that links his students and himself in a line that extends to the very beginnings of Western art. Brinker’s students can see how their training emanates in a direct line to artists such as Edgar Degas, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. A graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Brinker was associate and instructor in classical drawing and design at the Barnstone Studios, contributing as education advisor, writing design course workbooks, and developing the curriculum for the Foundation Drawing and Design program now offered virtually.
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