Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at Frick Madison on View September, 2023




Lady Mama flanked at the exhibition’s entrance with Frick collection works by Jean Antoine Houdon; photo: George Koelle. Artwork by Barkley L. Hendricks © Barkley L. Hendricks; courtesy of the Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Since opening in 1935, The Frick Collection has inspired generations of artists who have engaged with the complex legacies and enduring importance of Old Master paintings. Barkley L. Hendricks was one such artist, and the Frick ~ with its iconic portraits by Rembrandt, Bronzino, Van Deck, and others ~ was one of Hendrick’s favorite museums. On view this fall at Frick Madison, Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick presents fourteen early works by this pioneering American artist who, beginning in the late 1960s, revolutionized contemporary portraiture by uniting portraits of Black figures with traditions of European painting. His work has inspired some of the most prominent artists of today, including Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley. Frick Madison is a particularly appropriate venue for this show, as it was in the Breuer building (then the home of the Whitney Museum of American Art) that Hendricks first showed his art in a New York City museum exhibition, in 1981.

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