New Yorkers have the chance to be attending this Thursday, March 17th,from 6-8 PM the opening reception for Barkley L. Hendricks’ second solo exhibition with the Jack Shainman Gallery. Featuring new oil and acrylic paintings, Hendricks will showcase his most political works to date with a brand-new touch of realism and pop culture.
Hendricks culls subjects for his portraits from sartorially minded friends and acquaintances he has encountered around the world, including travels to Jamaica, his hometown of Philadelphia, and Connecticut where Hendricks now lives and works. A youth in a sports jersey, baggy denim shorts, and a glistening stud in his ear exudes a confident cool, his masculine swagger juxtaposed against a diamond of bubblegum pink.
Hendricks was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is currently based in New London, Connecticut. He earned both his BFA and MFA from Yale University and was the subject of a large-scale traveling exhibition, Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool, organized by Trevor Schoonmaker at the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (2008), which traveled to the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2008-2009); Santa Monica Museum of Art, California (2009); Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2009-2010); and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas (2010).