Via @vmfamuseum Paving the way for young, contemporary artists like Kehinde Wiley, Barkley Hendricks’ bold portrayal of his subject’s attitude and style elevates the average person to superstar status. Since the 1960s, Hendricks has been known for his realist portraits of people of color in urban settings. Here, he celebrates two stylish women he met in Boston. The dark background of the canvas allows the deep hues of their shirts to pop and their jewelry to shimmer. Surprisingly, the work of Barkley Hendricks long eluded the mainstream since his style of painting ran counter to the dominant artistic movements of the time which favored abstraction over realism. This painting was completed in 1977, the same year Kehinde Wiley was born. #artbreak #VMFA #wileyrva #arteducation
Sisters (Susan and Toni), 1977
Barkley L. Hendricks (American, born 1945)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Funds contributed by Mary and Donald Shockey, Jr.