Sunday, May 24, 2009

Barkley L. Hendricks: The Birth of Cool, Paintings 1964-2007

Barkley L. Hendricks, Misc. Tyrone (Tyrone Smith), 1976, Oil and magna on linen canvas, 72" x 50 ¼"


Barkley L. Hendricks, Vendetta, 1977, Oil, acrylic and magna on linen canvas, 36" x 48"


Barkley L. Hendricks, Bahsir (Robert Gowens), 1975, Oil on canvas, 83.5" x 66"


Barkley L. Hendricks, Icon for Fifi, 1982, Oil and combination leaf on linen canvas, 60 ¼" x 50 ¼"


Barkley L. Hendricks, Tuff Tony (detail), 1978, Oil and acrylic on linen canvas, 72" x 48"

Barkley L. Hendricks, Tequila (detail), 1978, Oil and acrylic on linen canvas, 60 ¾" x 50 ¼"

Barkley L. Hendricks, North Philly Niggah (William Corbett), 1975, Oil and acrylic on cotton canvas, 72 ½" x 48 ½"


Barkley L. Hendricks, Fela: Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, 2002, Oil and variegated leaf on canvas, wooden frame, armature, 66 3/4" x 46 3/4"


Barkley L. Hendricks, Blood (Donald Formey) (detail), 1975, Oil and acrylic on cotton canvas, 72" x 50 ½"


Barkley L. Hendricks, Dr. Kool, 1973, Oil and acrylic on linen canvas, 72 ¾" x 52 ¾"


Santa Monica Museum of Art is exhibiting paintings by Barkley Hendricks in an exhibition entitled Barkley L. Hendricks: The Birth of Cool, Paintings 1964-2007. The exhibition runs through August 22, 2009.

The renowned artist’s first career retrospective highlights his paintings from 1964 to 2007. While Hendricks has worked in a variety of media throughout his career, and has explored diverse subject matter, he is best known for his striking and provocative life-sized portraits of everyday African-American people from the urban northeast. Bringing to mind American realism, pop culture, and post-modernism in a way uniquely his own, Hendricks’ pioneering contributions to African-American portraiture and conceptualism claims a compelling space somewhere between portraitists Chuck Close and Alex Katz, and African-American conceptualists David Hammons and Adrian Piper. At times cool, at times confrontational, sometimes sexually charged, and always empowering, the work reveals the artist’s keen eye for his subject’s attire, attitude, style, and point of view. Hendricks' groundbreaking body of work has both influenced and paved the way for many of today's generation of artists.

Hendricks calls his camera his “mechanical sketchbook,” as many of his paintings are realized from photographs of people he encountered in daily life.

Birth of the Cool is organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, North Carolina.

The exhibition catalog includes essays by Schoonmaker; Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem; and Franklin Sirmans, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection.

Following its presentation at SFMOMA in San Francisco, the exhibition will travel to the The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. It was also shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Born in Philadelphia, the artist studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before receiving his B.F.A and M.F.A. at Yale University, where he studied with legendary photographer Walker Evans. He is currently a Professor of Art Studio at Connecticut College, in New London, Connecticut.

Birth of the Cool has been named one of Vogue Magazine's top 25 cultural events of the year.


Text above from smmoa.org; images from nasher.duke.edu.

30 comments:

Diana said...

i love artists that are not afraid to paint culture. the first two look like photographs, too!

clorivak said...

Very cool!! I love that first one.
Hope you're having a great long weekend, lucky schmuck!

down and out chic said...

these are freaking fantastic (i want the first one for my living room).

g. said...

I love them all, but Amen, Amen, Amen has a special place in my heart! Great work.

The Seeker said...

Very interesting, thank you for sharing

Luv

xoxo

The Cottage Cheese said...

I really like the last two. They seem like they would be perfect displayed right next to each other, like a yin and yang thing.

The Cottage Cheese said...

Oh, and I hope you're having a good weekend too girlie!

mika said...

very interesting!

Pyzahn said...

Very, very cool. Like a contemporary Jacob Lawrence. Every day people, yes, but they certainly tell a story.

Diane said...

amen amen amen is my favorite! great colors in all of them!

Missy said...

These are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

Char said...

these are fantastic

Sister Wolf said...

Wow, my husband will flip, we live near Santa Monica and he's a huge jazz freak. Thank you!

Desert Rat said...

Beautiful Work! I love detailed art.

Mary-Laure said...

Thanks for introducing me to this artist. His works are gripping.

one little simitopian said...

Amen, amen, amen, !!!!!!! I WANT!!!! It would look so damn cool hanging up on my wall! Probably a tad out of my price range though.....sigh...

thereddeer said...

Wow they are amazing - i thought they were photos to begin with.

The Haute-Shopper said...

Very impressive - thanks for sharing. A lot of these seem to have a texture to them... it's like you could reach out and feel them. Wish I could go see the artworks for myself.

LiLu said...

I would KILL for the pimp one. Freaking AWESOME.

Pretty Little World said...

You find the most fantastic artwork!! I love reading your posts about artists -- I learn about so many new people and pieces!

Pop Champagne said...

hehe some of those outfits are crazy! I like the first one lol

Gary Heller said...

"Bahsir" is definetly my fav. Striking work. I find it interesting that he seems to have a tendancy to cut off feet either partially or whole.
Great post as always, DG

gangsta bride said...

now you know i like these. especially homegirl rockin the jean jacket.

i can't believe you and maegan work together! somethin in the water i suppose...

gangsta bride said...

no sweat! my name is kara.

Awesome Sara said...

i want a pick of m dressed up in a purple pimp suit with heart shaped glasses grabbing my coochie. yea!

sherri said...

awesome, love the lady in yellow.

me melodia said...

very cool dude.

LipstickOne said...

i never really like portraits of people but these are cool.

erin@designcrisis said...

Fucking awesome. That is all.

Hanako66 said...

so awesome

...the last one is my fav