Monday, February 4, 2008

Barkley Hendricks' Traveling Perspective @ The Nasher Museum + Mention in Vogue February 2008 Issue

For all those interested, Hendrick Barkley is having a traveling perspective at Duke University's Nasher Museum on Thursday, February 7, 2008. Those of you in the area please go check out this amazing artist and his works of art. I will be there in spirit but will be posting pics courtesy of The Nasher Museum of the opening reception. Stay tune and enjoy the press release as well as photos listed below.

Duke University Office of News & Communications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 2, 2007

CONTACT: Wendy Hower Livingston
(919) 660-3414 (office); (919) 247-8223 (cell)


DURHAM, N.C. -– “Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool,” the first career retrospective of the American artist’s paintings, will be on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from Feb. 7 through July 13, 2008.

Hendricks’ work connects the art movements of American realism and post-modernism, occupying a space between portraitists Chuck Close and Alex Katz and pioneering black conceptualists David Hammons and Adrian Piper. Best known for his life-sized portraits of people of color from the urban northeast, Hendricks’ bold portrayal of his subject’s attitude and style elevates the common and overlooked person to celebrity status.

“Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool” will include 60 paintings from 1964 to the present. The exhibition will travel to the Studio Museum in Harlem in fall 2008, the Santa Monica Museum of Art in spring 2009 and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in early 2010. Trevor Schoonmaker, curator of contemporary art at the Nasher Museum, is the organizer of the show.

“The work of Barkley Hendricks is a wonderful discovery -– often elegant and sometimes confrontational, but always stunning” said Kimerly Rorschach, the Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum. “We are proud that this unprecedented show of one of America’s most important, yet long overlooked, artists will originate at the Nasher Museum.”

Hendricks was born in Philadelphia in 1945, studied at and received his certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from Yale University. He is a professor of art at Connecticut College in New London, Conn., where he has been teaching since 1972.

Hendricks made his mainsteam museum debut at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the 1971 show, “Contemporary Black Artists in America,” and the Studio Museum in Harlem organized his first major solo show in 1980. In 1994, his work was part of the Whitney’s “Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art.” In 2001, a large solo show, “The Barkley L. Hendricks Experience,” was organized by the Lyman Allyn Museum of Art, New London, Conn.

Hendricks’s oil portrait of Fela Kuti was an important new work in the 2003 New Museum exhibition, “Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti,” also curated by Schoonmaker. And in 2005, Hendricks’ work was included in “Back to Black -- Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary” at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.

His work is represented in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Chrysler Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Nasher Museum.

“Barkley Hendricks has always been ahead of his time,” Schoonmaker said. “His work touches upon many of the movements of the ’60s and ’70s -– pop art, photorealism, minimalism, black nationalism -– but he has always done his own thing and avoided easy categorization. His ground-breaking work is as fresh today as it was 30 and 40 years ago and a generation of young artists is deeply indebted to him.”

The exhibition is composed primarily of full-figure portraits, for which Hendricks has been most recognized, as well as lesser-known early works and the artist’s more recent portal-like paintings of the Jamaican landscape, where he returns annually to paint “en pleine air.”

“Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool” will be complemented by programs at the Nasher Museum that include a preview lecture by the artist on Oct. 15, 2007, an opening DJ party, discussions with the artist during the exhibition, a music series, a film series, a Family Day event and teacher workshops, among other programming.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated 250-page color catalogue, distributed by Duke University Press, that will include essays from Schoonmaker; Richard J. Powell, Duke’s John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History; Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum; and Franklin Sirmans, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection.

The exhibition and related programs are sponsored in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and the North Carolina Arts Council.
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The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The Nasher Museum of Art, designed by Rafael Viñoly, is located at 2001 Campus Drive at Anderson Street. The museum, which opened Oct. 2, 2005, also includes a café and gift store.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays. Suggested admission is $5 adults, $4 for seniors and members of the Duke Alumni Association, $3 for non-Duke students with I.D. and free for children 16 and younger. Admission is free to Duke students, faculty and staff with Duke I.D. Admission is also free to Durham city residents who present a valid I.D. with proof of residency, courtesy of The Herald-Sun.

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