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© Barkley L. Hendricks. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Painter Barkley L. Hendricks helped pioneer Black portraiture and conceptualism in 20th-century American art. Hendricks’s striking portraits almost exclusively depict Black subjects. The artist focused, in particular, on detailing his figures’ outfits and stances. In other works, such as his paintings devoted to basketball imagery, Hendricks engaged with abstraction, minimalism, and color theory. Attitude and style infused all his canvases, whether they homed in on more formal compositional elements or on documenting the lives and styles of Black Americans in the late 20th century. His works belong in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Tate, among other institutions, and have fetched millions of dollars on the secondary market.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2019
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983The Broad
2018
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black PowerBrooklyn Museum
2017
Regarding the FigureThe Studio Museum in Harlem
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Lawdy Mama, 1969

Oil and gold leaf on canvas
53 3/4 × 36 1/4 in
136.5 × 92.1 cm
Location
Brooklyn
Medium
Image rights
© Barkley L. Hendricks. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Painter Barkley L. Hendricks helped pioneer Black portraiture and conceptualism in 20th-century American art. Hendricks’s striking portraits almost exclusively depict Black subjects. The artist focused, in particular, on detailing his figures’ outfits and stances. In other works, such as his paintings devoted to basketball imagery, Hendricks engaged with abstraction, minimalism, and color theory. Attitude and style infused all his canvases, whether they homed in on more formal compositional elements or on documenting the lives and styles of Black Americans in the late 20th century. His works belong in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Tate, among other institutions, and have fetched millions of dollars on the secondary market.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties
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