Friday, May 20, 2005

8. Barkley Hendricks

Blood • 1976 • Acrylic, oil and magna on canvas
ACA Galleries

Holland Cotter recently wrote in a review of an excellent show at Jack Shainman Gallery in NYC, “ why isn’t anyone clamoring to see anymore of this artist’s work?” With a mnemonic panache for black post-identity swagger (huh?), these paintings far out weigh any portraiture-based work I have seen in long time. Like an anti-John Currin, personality, the artist and the subject, float of the canvas and strut into your face without regard for gaze.

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