Saturday, March 13, 2010

Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool

Barkley L. Hendricks' Artwork Titled "Lawdy Mama"

This month Contemporary Arts Museum Houston pays homage to portraitists, Barkley L. Hendricks, from now until 18 April 2010. The American painter- Barkley L. Hendricks began painting his life-sized portraits of people of color after a post-collegiate trip to Europe in the '60s after being frustrated by what he saw in European museums. He then set out to create his own works of art highlighting the so called "Blaxploitation Era" of the 1970's, concentrating heavily on those stereotypes, Pop Culture, and American Realism.

The Philadelphia-bred Hendricks created a huge buzz in NYC art circles with his vibrant portraiture's, first debuting at the famed Whitney Museum in 1971.Today Mr. Hendricks serves as a professor at Connecticut College where he has held the position for over 30 years. If you're in the Houston area or his exhibition comes to your city, be sure to check it out. You can find out more here.

2 comments:

Tiffany said...
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Tiffany said...

I like the painting os his shown above.

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