Carol Sutton The story of how I came to own Max Beckman's cat he called 'Pip' by Carol Lorraine Sutton2003

Tracking Pip's path - Includes lower sections on the 3 artists;


Carol Lorraine Sutton, formerly Carol Martin or Carol Sutton-Martin while married to Dennis Stillwell Martin


Walter Barker, also known as Wally Barker


Max Beckmann, also spelled as Max Beckman

© Copyright and All Rights Reserved, January, February, 2003
gen yellow ball gifPip the cat who belonged to three different artists,
Max Beckman, Wally / Walter Barker and Carol [Martin] Sutton: Master Pip, cat who belonged to Max Beckman, Walter Barker, Carol Sutton Martin, photo by Robert W. Sutton,
A true story with little fiction ,written by Carol L. Sutton.
{formerly known as, Carol Martin}


While I was an art student, making sculpture and painting, and earning my Masters Degree at the University of North Carolina I met Walter Barker, who was one of my professors. He had his own studio on campus and in it he worked on his well crafted paintings and enigmatic sculptural painted boxes. I often visited his studio to discuss and mainly look at what he was doing in his art. At that time he mainly worked on a box series he called 'Paradox', but also did joyful yet somber, portraits of family or close friends, these were both three dimensional and also painted as illusions. An example would be: small,Portrait {wife Patricia Barker}, by Walter Barker, ,1966-67, pencil, Collection: Betty Parsons Gallery, NYCParadox Series No. 4, painted construction, 1968, 66" x 58", Betty Parsons Gallery, New York City. Portraits were: an example: #12. 'Portrait', pencil, 1966-1967, Betty Parson Gallery, New York City. This was a frontal view, head only, no neck, no background, a clean spare view of his beloved wife Patricia. It is beautifully shaded and has a soft transition between areas of light to dark. The drawing is done as if there were a spot light shinning downward above her head. In some box portraits, Walter actually cut a hole in the box above the head so that actual light DID shine down onto the head, such as in the work of a portrait of his small,#16, untitled,construction, baby Michael, by artist Walter Barker, 1968baby son Michael. #16. This directed light shinning down on the subject was staged, similar to the way in which Bernini mini, Bernini, Giovanni Lorenzo [1598-1680]-'Death of the Blessed Ludovica Albertoni', 1674, in the Altieri Chapel, San Francesco, Rome, Italy. [Giovanni Lorenzo-[1598-1680, Italian baroque sculptor] staged a raking side light to shoot across his sculpture beginning at her head and tapering off towards her feet, in his sculpture 'Death of the Blessed Ludovica Albertoni', 1674, in the Altieri Chapel, San Francesco, Rome, Italy. Barker keep the light from drifting away by having it contained within the box where it could not escape. Barker did this in his both of these two works: 'Untitled'. , painted, construction, 8" x 20", x 20", 1968, Private Collection. and #17. 'Untitled' , painted, construction, 8" x 41", 18", 1968, Private Collection; this is a full figure portrait of a man standing stiff and facing frontally forward, with a box mini, #17, Untitled , painted construction, by artist Walter Barker, 1968painted around the figure. It is not a self portrait.
Walter was a happy man. Things were going well for him. Walter was happily married and had a young wife and they were expecting a baby. One day Walter told me he was going on a trip and asked if I would be willing to take care of his cat. real cat paw print on my art, by our cat 'Money', Carol Sutton,copyright He told me his cat had belonged to a famous artist, Max Beckmann, who he knew and studied under. I was happy to do so I replied. Walter made arrangements to drive over to my home and deliver his cat, "Pip". Walter told me that Max Beckman had named him, based on the character "Pip" in Charles Dickens novel, 'Great Expectations'. He told me that he loved "Pip" and was very fond of him. Walter had brought Pip down from New York City when he moved south to Greensboro, North Carolina. Pip was a pure bred cat. I asked Walter what kind of cat was he? Walter told me that Pip was an Egyptian cat, a pure Abyssinian, and that he had a regal air about him, and a beautiful coat of tones of browns, rich blacks, and sultry grays, with black pads. But Walter just didn't drop off Pip alone. He brought with him all the food, a supply for two to six weeks, kitty litter, one of two bottles of wine and another bottle of booze. Wow, I thought; how nice, this must be some cat.
Master Pip, my famous cat, photo by Carol Sutton Martin, 356 College Street, 1972,copyrightWhen I first saw Pip I thought he was beautiful. Walter had already told me the story of how Max Beckman had given him Pip in New York City, and of how special Pip was, so I was looking forward to our first encounter. Our first moments and hours together were a little strained and poor Pip did not know what was happening to him, so he took shelter hiding under my silk screen studio table. Overhead I had strung lines in my studio ceiling with cloths-pins in order to hang up my wet silk screen prints to dry. Walter reassured me that he would settle in. Pip did have a regal air about him. Pip had been raised in artists studios and had belonged to a famous German abstract expressionist painter, Max Beckmann, who was Walter's friend and also his teacher. I figured when I looked at the dates that Walter must have gotten Pip the cat, as a kitten from Max Beckmann around 1950, because I got him from Walter in 1968 or 1969, and Pip lived with me until 1978 when he died, meaning that Pip had to be at least 27 years old at his death. I asked Andre about this and he thought that I must have been mistaken, and that PipBeckmann, kitten had belonged to Max Beckmann's family, maybe his son, but not Max himself. Yet I remember being told repeatedly by Walter Barker, that Pip was Max Beckmann's cat and that Max himself had owned him. If this were so then Pip did live to a ripe old age. Pip did live indoors and was well cared for. I have added below some links to cat life span or cat longevity, and it appears that some cats do make the twenty-five plus mark in age and a rare one lived to age 34. So, I claim that Pip did belong to Max Beckmann.
Walter was also born in German. Walter Barker and Max Beckmann had been at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, together in 1948, when Walter got his BFA, and worked with Horst Janson, Philip Guston. I was only three years old in 1948, while Walter Barker would have been age 27, as he was born in 1921 and Beckmann quite older as he was born in 1884, that would have put Max about age 63, when he started teaching at the Art School of Washington University in 1947. Oddly enough 1921 was the same year that Max Beckmann did a etching [22 3/4" x 9 5/8" ( 32.3 x 24.5cm) titled: Self-Portrait in Bowler Hat, that shows a close up head and shoulders of an man with a cat next to his left ear, as if the cat was telling him a secret in his ear, and just on the right is a oil lantern.
detail upper left:Beckmann, mini, Odysseus and Calypso', 1943
Over the course of the next year, Walter Barker, asked me two or three more times if I would care for Pip, while he and his wife made trips to New York City. Each time Walter floored upon us lavish human treats for this more or less easy service on our part; often just leaving them out on the porch, for me to gather up when I got back home from the University. As I had no car, I was often on the bus, or grabbed a ride in my friend Kent English's truck van. Church Street was about three or four miles from UNCG, and to far for me to walk, particularly with art supplies in tow. real cat paw print on my art, by our cat 'Money', Carol Sutton,copyright Pip on his part got more use to the shuffle. After all, Pip had already made the big car migration journey down from New York City to Greensboro, so what was a small side trip for a couple of weeks. Pip seemed to settle into my studio with each successive trip. My little studio was a converted rear bedroom extension on the house, with it's own little entrance porch, screen door and two windows on opposite side walls. I had painted the walls and the floor white, so that the floor was a seamless extension of the wall for my environmental sculpture installations. At that time, I made sculpture, often using the same ingredients from one piece, over into the next, photographed them, documented them, invited my friends and teachers occasionally in to see them, and then took them apart and built another one. This method gave me a process of sculpture learning and made very light storage. The more structural works of 1968 and 1969, gave way to the more loose and organic artwork sculpture that I made from 1970 to 1974. Pip would walk carefully through these sculpture set ups, checking and smelling each object, but never disturbing them, and never moving or scratching at any of the delicate hanging organdy cloth structures.
You could tell that Pip had tremendous respect for art because he never stepped on it. Other cats that I have own over the years have not only walked across my art, or paintings while they were wet, made cat prints real cat paw print on my art, by our cat 'Money', Carol Sutton,copyright on my drawings {The little paw print to the left is an example from a collage I made.}, or rarely but it did happen once, urinate on my art or coughed up slime and hair balls onto my art work. But Pip just sat in my studio looking so satisfied and he seemed to actually be looking at my art work. This made me think that prior to Pip belonging to Max Beckman that he was reincarnated. Pip in his previous life had been an artist in Montmartre, Paris, France, with a little black barret. That is why Pip liked art so much, he had actually been a painter himself.

real cat paw print on my art, by our cat 'Money', Carol Sutton,copyright


Portait of Carol Sutton Martin, by her father Robert William Sutton, a polaroid print, 1968I had begun to call him "Master Pip".real cat paw print on my art, by our cat 'Money', Carol Sutton,copyright Pip liked to watch my fish swim; particularly Pip spent hours eying my African Ghost Fish with its undulating lower dorsal fin, inside my tank, which I had made useful by converting a large pale blue green giant jug, by having a hole sandblasted into the top side for a filter.Pip's coat was soft. His nose was long. Pip's pads were black, just like cats from Egypt. Pip's most special quality to my mind and my heart was his state of grace. His presence had a calming effect on me.
Walter explained to me one day that he and his wife were happy to be expecting their first child. Although he and his wife loved Pip dearly, his wife thought that a cat might be a problem with a new baby in their home. Pip had sort of been their baby; but now they were going to have a real baby. Walter wondered if I would be interested in adopting Pip on a permanent basis. He was sort of sad of having to let go of Pip. I was more than happy to oblige and said, "Great, I am happy to have Pip." After that whenever I ran into Walter at the University he would often ask me about Pip; " How is Pip doing? Is Pip happy?"
Pip may have also been a subject of portraits in Max Beckman's paintings as a kitten. There are a number of works by Max Beckman with cats in them and some with kittens. Max must have loved cats. Such as 'Odysseus and Calypso' Beckmann, mini, Odysseus and Calypso', 1943 {Also see narrow picture detail of cat and woman, above to the left}, done in 1943, and 'Nude with Cat at the Beach', an etching done in 1928. Pip was a studio cat. After all he now had been living in the studio of three different artists. Pip sitting of the soda bench of Sally & David Jaeger, by Carol Sutton,Toronto, 1973, with stuffed cat pillow
My good friend Sally Jaeger, is the wife of David Jaeger, whom I shared and apartment with, even wrote a short story in 1972 or 1973. David is a composer, founding member of The Canadian Electronic Ensemble [CCE], and producer for CBC radio and Sally is a gifted and well known story teller. Sally wrote a short story of about two pages in length on Pip. Pip was the main character in her story, and he was a catcher in the Red Socks baseball team. "He was an inspiration"; she said.
I had Pip for about ten years; from 1968 while living in Greensboro, North Carolina throughout my migration to Toronto, Ontario tiny Canada flag from Greensboro, until he died in 1978. Pip traveled back up North from the South which he had been in for about five years. Pip spanned my life through two counties, my two marriages, and more than three different homes. First Pip came to live in my Greensboro home, which was the lower floor a giant house that had been divided into four apartments, at 601 Church Street. Dennis Martin and I both drove Pip up by Voltswagon beetle car from Greensboro to Toronto in June of 1970. My first temporary home was out in the country with friends, Bruce and Mary Ann Hammond; who lived in Locust Hill, Ontario. Then I got a third floor apartment just to be able to have the movers unload near the old Shelby Hotel off Sherbourne St and Bloor. Then with the help of photographer Tom Gibson and Lily, I was able to rent a third floor walk up narrow apartment above a reggae nightclub at 356 College Street, on the corner of Brunswick Avenue which was opposite a church and an historic fire hall with a hose drying tower. I kept that studio for over twenty years.

601 Church Street, Guilford County, Greensboro, North Carolina, rental home of Carol {Sutton} and Dennis Martin,1968


detail, Pip held by Andre Fauteux, silver print by Robert W. Sutton, 1976

When I went to live with André Fauteux, he had a large apartment and a giant studio with Greece golden proportions of 60 by 20 foot, with overhead space of an 18 foot tall ceiling, flanked on two sides by huge arched windows, in an historic corner building that once housed a Masonic Temple, at 2 Boulton Avenue and Queen Street East, near the railroad overpass in Toronto.
I asked André a question today; "Which had been his favorite cat over the past years? " "He would be your cat, Pip." And I asked, "why?" "Oh, I don't know he was noble, aristocratic. Like being in the presence of a wise man."

Andre Fauteux studio at 2 Boulton Avenue, Masonic Temple, with friend Anna Maclachlan, photo by Carol Sutton, 1977

Pip did not seem to get along well with Andre's cat called Lopsang. They sort of moved around each other and seemed to just tolerated each other. But when Lopsang feel ill and Pip was already of an old age, and died, within a week Pip died as well. My diary entry for that day , Friday the 13th, of October, 1978, "My beloved Pip dies in the morning. André and I bury him up at the barn in the country." He seemed to just give up the ghost, laid over sideways, would not drink water or eat. Pip was so lonely for his lost cat companion Lopsang, that poor Pip died apparently of a broken heart. Pip must have been over twenty five years old when he died. Andre and I lovingly buried Pip in a little grave, layed out with flowers, in a plastic box that I had converted into a cat coffin. I was crying and so sad, it had really been too much, both our cats dying so close together. Andre said it broke his heart. Pip's burial spot is in Markham, Ontario, Canada, in barnyard of a barn that Andre had rented in order to store and also display outside his sculptures.
by Carol Lorraine Sutton © Copyright, All Rights Reserved. February 3 to 10, 2003

DATE:Friday, February 7, 2003 I call and leave a message. Saturday morning of February 8, 2003, Walter calls back Carol.
20 minute phone conversation with Wally Barker, my professor whom I haven't had contact with for 33 years :INCREASED TRUTH AND DECEASED FICTION
CREDIT & THANKS: TO THE EMAIL FROM JOHN SEED. I WAS ABLE TO GET WALTER's ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER. The ability to make connections, that is the beauty of the internet.
WALTER BARKER told me this after our first contact in over thirty - three long years:
-----I was so happy to make contact with Walter, or Wally Barker after all this time. " I often thought of you and always wondered what happened to you'", said Walter. I told Wally that I was working on a story of Pip, the cat he gave me. I asked Walter if he could add some clarity to my story of Pip.
Here is what Walter said, which he more or less he repeated about three times over; "Pip did belong to Max Beckman's widow, Quappi Beckmann, her real name is Matilda Beckmann, but she went by the name Quappi and everyone called her by that name. I was living on 910 10th Street, near St. Marks Place and the Bowery corner, in New York and Mrs. Beckmann was living upper Broadway, near 69th Street, she liked that she said; "because it made her feel very much like she was in Berlin."Quappi Beckmann had a friend, who was so close to her that she was like a sister. She knew that I liked cats very much. Then Walter said; " I have a feeling Mrs. Beckmann had given this cat to this friend like a sister, it was very small and that she gave it to me. I asked Wally, "was it a kitten?". "Yes, a kitten. I remember was traveling on the subway train with two kittens around that time; one was Pip. Quappi gave it {Pip} to her friend, and then she to me." I told Walter that I had been trying to figure out the dates and that if Max Beckmann had died in 1950, then Pip would have died at age 26 or twenty seven years old. "Oh, Wally replied, " no, I got Pip in 1960". "So that would make Pip the offspring of the original Max and Quappi Beckmann cat." Ah, the mystery of the numbers unfolding. Pip's true age at death then would be eighteen years old. Wally closed off by saying, " I will contact my ex-wife and ask her if she can remember anything more." I said I understand from John Seed's email that you are working on a book about your relationship with Beckmann; " Yes, but it is such a huge project and I have boxes of material."
-----So that is it. The true story of Pip the cat unfolded. I will add or alter news, if I find out any new information in the ongoing saga of Pip. Wally also told me that his wife draw in pencil in the 58/68 Catalogue was Patricia, and that their son was named Michael. Michael Barker is an executive living in New York City. He also has a daughter, Emily, who is a writer.
by Carol Lorraine Sutton © Copyright, All Rights Reserved. February 10, 2003

Whereabouts of characters in this story:
Pip, [1950-1978], is buried in a barn field in Markham, Ontario, Canada
Carol Martin, a.k.a. Carol Sutton-Martin, also known now as Carol Sutton, is living in a warehouse at 27 Davies Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4M 2A9; with her husband Andre J. L. Fauteux, and their two children, Viva-Laura C. Sutton-Fauteux, and Yale Q. Sutton-Fauteux. Both Andre Fauteux and Carol Sutton, held art exhibitions at New York's Salander-O'Reilly Galleries. {Please see pagepagelink gif -9k with more photographs of Carol in his studio, samples of her MFA Thesis sculpture, etc.}
Walter Barker, a.k.a. Wally Barker, is living in 1606 Walker Avenue, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, 27403, as of February 2003
Max Beckmann is deceased, and is buried in New York?
Others listed where abouts:
Dennis Stillwell Martin, is living in Toronto, Ontario Canada, with his second wife Jennifer Smith, and they have two sons, Ellis Martin and Emory Martin.
Kent English, {and his wife Robin} is living and working as a painter and owner of a sign company, English Signs, in Salisbury, Maryland, USA,
Horst W. Janson, a teacher at both Washington University in St. Louis Missouri, and in University of Iowa. As a young student who studied Janson's Art History book, I noticed that Janson managed to eliminate all women artists from his famous book - History of Art. I learned the hard lesson.collage, The Hard Lesson, paw print,
WEB LINKS for Horst W. Janson, a.k.a. H.W. Janson:
web - tiny iconCritical Reactions to Grant Wood; web site:
Quote: "The final blow which silenced even the most dedicated Wood supporters was thrown by a little known professor named Horst Janson. Janson had been a colleague of Wood's at the University of Iowa, and had quarreled with the artist about everything from regionalism to the structure of the art department. Apparently, there was little love lost between the two men by the time Wood fell ill in 1942 (Dennis, 213). Following World War II, Janson mounted what can only be termed as a smear campaign; he seemed to decide his life's work lay in destroying Grant Wood on both a personal and artistic level. Sadly, he was not unsuccessful. Janson's tactic was to draw a parallel between Wood's regionalist work and the Hitler-approved art of National Socialism in Germany during the same decade:"
"A large part of the responsibility for this state of affairs [the popular perception of 'modern art' as 'degenerate'] must fall up on the powerful pressure groups of artists, critics, and publicists constantly engaged in reinforcing this prejudice and thus vindicating the insecure esthetic instincts of the public. During the past fifteen years, by far the most powerful of these pressure groups has been the so-called regionalist movement, and by far its most vehement champions have been Grant Wood and Thomas Benton. The hey-day of regionalism, to be sure, was in the years before Pearl Harbor, but it remains sufficiently dangerous to invite the closest scrutiny of its sources, aims and methods, as well as of the underlying reasons for its popular success. Since the movement has been nourished by some of the fundamental ills of our society--the same ills that, in more virulent form, produced National Socialism in Germany--it would be vain to expect its complete disappearance in the immediate future; nevertheless, a clear understanding of its nature will at least enable us to recognize its implications and to reduce its influence" ("Benton and Wood, Champions of Regionalism," 184).
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Washington People - Intersecting art with its political context:
Sabine M. Eckmann, Ph.D., curator of the Univeristy's Gallery of Art, Quote:"This March, Eckmann will debut her latest project, "Horst W. Janson and the Legacy of Modern Art at Washington University in St. Louis," at New York's Salander-O'Reilly Galleries. The exhibition, which features masterworks by Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Max Ernst and others, examines both Janson's ----continues : : :
web - tiny iconWashington University in St. Louis Gallery of Art - Press Releases:
Quote: "Salander-O'Reilly Galleries present 'H.W. Janson and the Legacy of Modern Art at Washington University in St. Louis' in March 2002 -St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 3, 2001 - In the mid-1940s, H.W. Janson, author of the influential textbook "History of Art," built what he proudly called "the finest collection of contemporary art assembled on any American campus" at Washington University in St. Louis.
Philip Guston, [1913-1980], modern painter, has biography and books, etc. listed on :Ask ART site:
Bruce and Mary Ann Hammond; I think divorced, and I am unaware of their whereabouts.
Tom Gibson and Lily, photographer, live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They used to live in the Annex section of Toronto.
Signature 1 / Tom Gibson. Ottawa: National Film Board of Canada, Still Photography Division, 1975. (Lorraine Monk, Executive Producer)
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ANDY Awards Big Winners* Distinction Winners 2001, FILM - title: 'Older Brothers', art directors Tom Gibson and Cliff Sorah.
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24 septembre -01 novembre,Exposition. False Evidence Appearing Real. Tom GIBSON Canada, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Travelling Exhibitions Programme , Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Andre Joseph Lucien Fauteux, my husband is a sculptor living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada {pagelink gif -9kPlease see links via the photograph of Andre in his studio.}

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real cat paw print on my art, by our cat 'Money', Carol Sutton,copyright *stray cat notes:
How long is a cat suppose to live?Feline Q and A: Frequently Answered Questions Life Span of Cats
Q:   How long is the common cat supposed to live?
A:   Thats a rather broad question, and I'd have to give a general answer.
Given proper care, nutrition, and regular veterinary visits, a cat kept indoors can live as long as 21 years or more.
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"Reliable information on the average life-span of cats does not exist and would be impossible to obtain. Well-cared-for, neutered house pets, however, may live into their teens. Some may reach the 20s, and a few have been reported to live into the 30s." from:
This site as has a page on famous cats. Perhaps they might add Pip to their list: web - tiny icon

or Range 14 cat years to oldest recorded at age 34.
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DATE: 1968
by Carol Sutton MartinLine, Pyramid, & Spheres © Carol Sutton



Guilford County,

North Carolina,


CAROL SUTTON, formerly named, Carol MARTIN, {a.k.a. Carol Sutton Martin}
{Who receives { spelling rule: "i" before "e", except after "c"} the cat called "Pip" as a gift from Walter Barker}
Place: Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina { Here is a link, NARFE National Convention, which has a sample of Greensboro events, and sites:}
Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina is the birth place of her mother, Nancy Chester Sustare, web - tiny icon, November 17, 1920. Namesake: named after her uncle, Sgt. Chester Clay Williams (117) , Engineers, Rainbow Division, of Hickory, North Carolina, who was killed two years prior to her birth date. Sighted for gallantry in action in Champagne-sign, WAG, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Carol Martin, MFA thesis exhibit , 1969 killed near Ligney, France, October 1, 1918, World War. My Momma had both parakeets and cats as pets. Plus we had a family dog.
Life events at that time: Carol Martin is a student and an assistant professor of art at: University of North Carolina in Greensboro.
In 1969, she received a Master of Fine Arts Degree and the Chancellor's Purchase Award for her sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. {web - tiny icon }Carol's 'MFA Thesis Exhibit' , April 10 - 26, 1969, was held a the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, N.C.
Working along side her long time friend and fellow artist and alike minded companion Kent English, while at UNCG; who now is CEO of English Signs of Salisbury, Maryland. Carol Martin moves from Greensboro, North Carolina to Toronto (an inland port), Ontario, Canada in 1970, sponsored on her immigration papers at the border by her good friend and former next door neighbor from Plum Street in Richmond, Virginia, Djénane Lemmon. In 1977, she is divorced from Dennis Stillwell Martin and had her name changed back to Carol Lorraine Sutton at the time of the divorce. In 1977, Carol marries André Joseph Lucien Fauteux, a Canadian sculptor. They are still married in 2003, and are parents of two children.

gen yellow ball gifCarol Martin's {nee Sutton}, UNCG professors were:
{Date: 1968, 1969, 1970.}
gem blue ball gifStephen Antonakas, SCULPTOR, CONCEPTUAL ARTIST, {listed in ,WHO'S WHO in AMERICAN ART, -1995-96 Edition, page 33, Biographical Information: Born: Greece, Nov 1, 1926; US citizen. Media : Neon. Mailing Address: 435 West Broadway, New York, NY, USA, 10012
gem blue ball gifWalter Barker, {subject of this cat story}Biographical Information: {See section on BARKER below mine.}
gem blue ball gifGilbert Carpenter [Carptenter, Gilbert Frederick (Bert), Painter, Educator, listed in ,WHO'S WHO in AMERICAN ART, -1995-96 Edition, page 189. Biographical Information: Born: Billings, NOnt, July 14, 1920. Teaching : Instr art; prof art & head dept, Univ NC, Greensboro 64-74; pro art, Weatherspoon Gallery, 74-89. Dealer: Joy Tash Gallery Scottsdale AZ; Lee Hansley Gallery Raleigh , NC. Mailing Address: 2505 West Market ST., Greensboro, NC, USA, 27403.]
gem blue ball gifWill Insley of New York City, Painter, DRAFTSMAN, {Educator}, listed in ,WHO'S WHO in AMERICAN ART, -1995-96 Edition, page 581. Biographical Information: Born: Indianapolis, Indiana, Oct 15, 1929. Study: Amherst College, BA, Harvard Univ Grad Sch Design , MA (archit).
Teaching: {Instr. art, UNCG 1968-1969- not listed in this Who's Who editon},Dealer: Max Protetch, 560 Broadway, New York, NY, 10012, Annemarie Verna Rontgenstrasse, 44 8005, Zurich, Switzerland. Mailing Address: 231 Bowery, New York, NY, USA, 10002.
gem blue ball gifMy Thesis Advisor for my UNCG Masters Degree was the writer -Arturo Vivante, Biographical Information: born 1923, in Rome, Italy, and lives in America. Vivante's books written while I was at UNCG, a time span during 1968 -1969 were: The French Girls of Killmi (short stories), Little Brown; 1967 and Doctor Giovanni (novel), Little, Brown; 1969. I do remember reading A Goodly Babe (novel, 1966). Vivante writes in English.
Carol Sutton-Martin's MEMORIES OF AUTURO VIVANTE: Vivante has been on the faculty of several American universities and was at University of North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina, during 1968 and 1969, when I was earning my Masters Degree. I met with Arturo Vivante in his office on several occasions and read his books, which I liked very much. Vivante's writing is filled with humanity, touching observations, and poetic recall. We mostly discussed my artwork and his writing. Vivante always a gentleman and once pulled out his lower desk draw where he kept a bottle of wine and a couple of wine glasses, after all he is Italian, to offer me a glass of wine. Not on every visit, just occasionally. At the end of the semester it came time for my thesis examination; which took place in an open area of The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, where I had set up my four sculpture works. The grouping was a loose semi circle of chairs with the all male faculty and me a young woman, facing them. I was somewhat nervous yet ready to articulate and defend my Masters Degree Presentation. Arturo Vivante could sense my nervousness and to break off the harsh questioning by the professors offered me a cigarette. He took his time pulling one cigarette slightly out of the pack and extending the pack out to me, waiting for me to reach for it. Then he pulled out a pack of matches and lit one and slowly held it so that I could light my cigarette; all the time the other professors were waiting, chomping at the bit, so to speak, ready to pounce the next question on me - but Professor Vivante had broken the pattern, had paused the moment, and his delay and kind gesture helped me to keep a cool demeanor {stay calm}, during my Masters exam questioning session. I could sense the irritation of the other men, almost like they were thinking, 'Oh brother, get on with it." It was almost as if Arturo was silently saying to me, 'don't worry, you are doing fine.' The funny thing is that to this day, I can't recall exactly who the other men were, I only remember Arturo Vivante and his kindness to me.
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List Price: ?
ISBN or International Standard Book Number: : 0-8352-3571-8
International Standard Serial Number: 0000-0191
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 36-27014
Text: Quoted from above source page 1190, {Connections made in code blue/purple}
{Born:} Norfolk, Va., Sept 3, 45 {1945}.
Study: Richmond Prof Inst, {Richmond Professional Institute, now called Virginia Commonwealth University } BFA, 67;
Univ NC {University of North Carolina at Greensboro}, MFA. {69}
Work: Mus Fine Art Boston; National Collection Fine Art, Smithsonian Inst; Mus Contemp Art, Barcelona, Spain, 87;
Can Coun Art Bank, Ottawa, Can; Agnes Etherington Gallery, Kingston, Ont.
Comm: {Commissions} The Eye of the Oval (painting 8 by 18) Cineplex Odeon Corp., Sand Lake Seven Cinemas, Orlando, Fla, 87.
Exhib: {Exhibitions:} Barcelona Triangle 1987 Exposicio, Centre de Creacio Contemporania, Inst N Am Studies, Brit Coun, {British Council}, Ambassador Can, Barcelona, Spain, 87;
Silhouette-Grill-Balcony , Gallery One, Toronto, Can, 89; A Spanner in The Works Ethos and Spirituality in Abstract painting, Terrance Sulymko Fine Art & Oakham House, Ryerson Col, Toronto, Can , 89; Ideas For A Collection - A Spanner in The Works, Randwood, Niagara Inst., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Can 91; Recent Paintings, Kathleen Laverty Gallery Ltd, Edmonton, Can , 92.
Teaching Lectr, Alfred State Col, NY, 90.
Awards: Adolph & Esther Gottlieib Found Grant, Ny, 92.
Bibliog: James Clark (auth), The Problem of Fundamental Ontology Book, Limits Bk Co, 81; Karen Wilkin (auth), Tornoto: Fans, flicker & penny arcades, Art News, 2/82.
Media: Acrylic on Canvas.
Dealer: Kathleen Laverty Gallery Ltd Edmonton, Alta, Can.
Mailing Add: 27 Davies Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4M 2A9, Canada."
{Add in: 2003: Current dealer and ongoing dealer since 1977, Gallery One, 121 Scollard St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada . web link: web - tiny icon}

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS & more: on this pagepagelink gif -9k: Carol Martin at UNCG[Sutton-Martin]





{who gave me his cat Pip}
Place: Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
Life events at that time: Professor of art at: University of North Carolina in Greensboro.
gen yellow ball gifWALTER BARKER, also known as WALLY BARKER: "Gilbert Carpenter essay from Catalogue listed below, WalterBarker 58, 68 :
QUOTE:About the most recent works of Walter Barker the following seems notable:
Color is not classically balanced or enhanced by contrast.
A hue reverberates within an echo chamber.
This effect - a piling of a hue upon itself - approaches the purity of radiance.
The inside of the box is most used but not as a container. The inside corners establish the spatial axes . . .
The reverberating color denies surface and therefore scale.
Regarding the portraits, Mr. Barker says that the hue of the setting comes inevitably from his sense of the personality.
This is a choice of the artist that he does not consider to be a choice.
The contour of the figure is also given to the artist; The Donor is an inexpensive camera . . .
The transcription of this contour is literal, without intentional editing. This modelling is severely edited according to conventions that can be understood in terms of the history of art since the Renaissance. more than one convention is allowed in a single work.
A single work is an amalgam of references to different strata of experience and information that stand the figure imprecisely within the precise arrangement of irreconcilable truths. " END QUOTE.

gem blue ball gifWho is Walter Barker?
gem blue ball gifLINKS
web - tiny iconAskART page on Barker, Walter William Jr.:lists an artist summary page, books on the artsit, museums, and auction data at :
web - tiny iconWeatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina (email: at:
web - tiny iconGallery Of Art -- Washington University In St. Louis
... defender of modern artists - writing pieces on Beckmann, Klee, Picasso ... the renowned
art historian Leo Steinberg, the artist Walter Barker and architectural ... - 21k - Cached
web - tiny iconUNCG 1999-2000 UGB: Emeritus Faculty
... Walter W. Barker (1966), Professor, Art, Emeritus (1992). ... Walter L. Wehner (1969),
Professor, School of ... University Registrar's Office Registrar, UNCG , PO Box ... - 34k - Cached -
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Name: BARKER, Walter William, Jr.
Nickname: Wally Barker
Father: BARKER, Walter William Sr.
Born: Colblenz, Germany
Birth Date: August 8, 1921
Citizenship: US Citizen
US STATE: MO (Strongest affiliation)

SOME BOOKS or paper on BARKER:
Walter Barker, Wally Barker,1969 catalogue imageflat book icon:
Author: assorted, submitted by artist or their agents.
Publisher: R. R. Bowker
Date: 1995- 96
Edition: 21st Edition
List Price: ?
ISBN or International Standard Book Number: : 0-8352-3571-8
International Standard Serial Number: 0000-0191
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 36-27014
Text: Quoted from above source page 64, {Connections made in code red}
"BARKER, Walter William, Jr.
b. Coblenz, Ger., Aug 8, 1921; US citizen.
Study: Washington Univ., {St. Louis, Missouri} BFA, 48 (1948), with Horst Janson, Philip Guston & Max Beckmann; Iowa Univ, with Mauricio Lassansky; Univ Ind {University of Indiana}, with Alton Pickens & Henry Hope, MFA, 50. (1950).
Work: Mus Mod Art & Brooklyn Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Collection, Washington, D.C.; Boston Mus[eum] Fine ARts; James Michener Collection, University Texas, Austin; and others.
Exhib: {Exhibitions}: Int Exhib Mod Graphic Art, Mus Mod Art, New York, 52; American Painting, Va Mus Fine ARt, Richmond, 62; Painting & Sculpture Today, Herron Inst Art, Indianapolis, Ind, 67; Univ Tes, Austin; Weatherspoon Gallery; James A Michener Collection, Univ Tes, Austin, 75; Univ NC {University of North Carolina, Greensboro}, {insert:}Greensboro 77; Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Collection.
Pos {: Spec corresp, St Louis Post-Dispatch, 62-78.
Teaching: Lectr art hist, Salem Col, 49-50; instr {instructor painting} Washington University, 50-62; instr basic found, Brooklyn Museum School, 63-66; assoc prof painting, Univ NC, 66-85; prof painting, Univ NC, 85-92, prof emer, 92. Awards: New Talent USA Award, 56; Spec Citation Art Rev, Col Art Asn Am, 66; Distinguished Alumnus, Washington Univ, 72.
Bibliog: Ernest Smith (author), Walter Barker, 1958-1968, Webster Col, {Webster College}, 68; Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. (auth), Walter Barker, Fogg Mus Art, Harvard Univ, 71; Patricia Krebs (auth), On the making of an artist, Greensboro Daily News, 1977.
Mem: {Member:} Max Beckmann Gesellschaft, Munich, Ger {Germany}; and others.
Media: All. Res: Max Beckmann's last year in the US. Publ: Auth introd, Max Beckman in America (catalog), Viviano Gallery, 69 {1969};
author, Lucian Krokowski & Max Beckman, Joseph Pulitzer Collection, Vol 3, 71 { 1971}
author, Max Beckmann's advice to his students, Weatherspoon Gallery Asn Bullentin, Univ NC, 79; auth, Max Beckmannn as a Teacher (exhib catalog), Prestel-Verlang, Munich, 84.
Dealer: Peter Wallach Gallery, St. Louis, MO {Missouri}
Mailing Address: Dept Art University of North Carolina, USA, 27412 {as of 1996}

Paperback Catalogue with three essays
Title: Walter Barker, 1958-1968
Author: Ernest Smith, {Director, Gallery of the Loretto-Hilton Center}
Author: Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. {essay in same Catalogue}
Author: Gilbert Carpenter {essay in same Catalogue}
Publisher: Gallery of Loretto-Hilton Center, Webster College, St. Lousi, in Conjunction with Betty Parson Gallery, New York
Date: Copyright 1968
Owner of a single copy: Carol L. Sutton
Notes: apx. 26 pagespagelink gif -9k
ISBN: none





{who gave Walter his cat Pip}
Place: New York City
Life events at that time:
Some short history:
DATE: 1943
Max Beckman paints Odysseus and Calypso, 1943, Oil on Canvas 59 1/2 " x 45 1/2" (150 x 115.5cm)
COLLECTION PLACE:Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
gen yellow ball gifMax Beckman
Born: 1884, in Leipzig, Germany
Died: 1950, New York City, New York State, USA.
Notes: Known as a Abstract Expressionist, Max Beckman actually painted in many styles.
Text from Lackner: Quote: "Thematically, he was probably one of the most versatile artist of of the twentieth century, painting portraits, lyrical landscapes, still lifes, terrifying and lovable creatures, all with equal mastery." " The Nazis fired him from his professorship in Frankfurt and shut the doors of all German museums to his art. When Hilter was in power, he found refuge in Amsterdam, where even the rigors of exile could not disrupt his extraordinarily creative output. From 1947 until his death he lived in the United States, where he finally enjoyed both fame and happiness. He left us 835 oils and countless drawings, prints, and watercolors."
From book wrapper notes.
Notes: owned birds and cats as pets.

Max Beckman WEB Links :


IMAGE: portrait of Max Beckman
from: web - tiny icon
- an excellent page on the teacher in America of Max Beckman:
How the Powerful Presence of Max Beckmann, Made an Indelible Mark on a Generation of American Artists, by John Seed
email of John:
"My thanks to Peter Selz for reading and commenting on this article in progress---The author is currently aware of the following students of Beckmann in America
He would greatly appreciate names and leads to help him locate other students:University of Washington Students: Wally Barker"
IMPORTANT: It was with the help of John Seed that I was able to find my old teacher Walter, "Wally" Barker after over 30 years of no contact.
NOTE: It was with the help of John Seed that I was able to find the address and telephone number of Wally Barker and make contact with him on February 8, 2003.
Thank you so much John Seed.


WEB Links with Cats & Some of the many Cat IMAGES IN MAX BECKMAN's ART

Homer The Odyssey
.Max Beckman's mini, Odysseus and Calypso, Max Beckmann,Odysseus and Calypso. 
Jörg Maass Kunsthandel, 24, 10789 Berlin, Germany, tel
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Image: rare prints by German Expressionist artists like:
Max Beckmann
credit link:, kitten in lap
Jörg Maass Kunsthandel, also has a silver print gallery at:
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image credit:, beckmann woman holding catArtist: Beckmann
Title:Woman with a yellow cat
Size: 76x58cm 30x23"
Scan: Werner Stuerenburg
Date: 1937
Location: privately owned
web - tiny iconWoman with a yellow cat,
from: Art Quarter Original Art: Gallery Beck- Exp-... I write with a German twist! © 1998 · Werner Stuerenburg · Flagenstr. 28 · D-32584 Löhne ·
Tel. 049 - 52 23 - 82 05 82 · Fax 049 - 52 23 - 82 05 84








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