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Barkley L. Hendricks : The Birth of the cool
Barkley L. Hendricks
The Birth of the cool
Miranda Carroll, July 13, 2015
Barkley L. Hendricks_Chris Hildreth
Barkley L. Hendricks_Chris Hildreth
 
The renowned American artist’s first career retrospective "Birth of the cool". Highlighting some of his best-known paintings—striking, provocative and colorful life-sized portraits of everyday people of color—. Bringing to mind American realism, pop culture, Renaissance portraiture, and postmodernism in a way uniquely his own, Hendricks’ pioneering contributions to American portraiture and conceptualism claim a compelling space somewhere between portraitists Chuck Close and Alex Katz, and black conceptualists David Hammons and Adrian Piper. Hendricks’ groundbreaking body of work has both influenced and paved the way for many of today’s generation of artists. Hendricks’ bold portrayal of his subject’s attitude and style elevates the common person to celebrity status. At times cool, at times confrontational, sometimes sexually charged, and always empowering, Hendricks’ large-scale portraiture reveals the artist’s keen eye for his subject’s attire, spirit, and point of view.

Lawdy Mama, 1969
Lawdy Mama, 1969
 
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