Wednesday, April 19, 2017

R.I.P Barkley Hendricks


New Yorkers have the chance to attend 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.
Little did we know that would be our last chance to attend an opening reception with the living artist, Barkley L. Hendricks.
the  hashtag headline today reads,
#BarkleyHendricks #RIP #jackshainmangallery
It is with great sadness that we announce that Barkley L. Hendricks passed away this morning.  He was 72 years old. He is survived by his wife Susan of 34 years.

The Artist Barkley L. Hendricks Has Died at 72

"He was a true artist’s artist,always dedicated to his singular vision; he was a figurative painter when it was trendy and especially when it wasn’t," said Jack Shainman in a statement.
Barkley stood out as an artist well ahead of his time. Kehinde Wiley and Mickalene Thomas and other of today's black figurative artist did not blaze the trails they walk on. When they looked straight ahead, they could see the backside of Barkley in front of them. He whacked the path. 
Photo by Chris Hildreth
His life-size portraits of fabulously attired black men and women were his visions from the 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s. Before
the 60's there was no, black body in pop culture.,because there wasn't any pop culture.
In the 80's figurative art fell out of grace and conceptual art began to dominate the art market. Barkley turned to photography and painting landscapes as he rode out the next two decades. until  there was a ...  
Rebirth of Cool
 "Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool," a major, five-decade retrospective in 2008 organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, chief curator of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, renewed appreciation of his career and its impact. 
Hendricks's work could not be easily defined by the art industry and he insisted on maintaining his individuality. Because of that he paid a price, it kept him outside of the public's awareness for too many years. Despite his being a lone soldier, his pioneering vision moved the next generation ...

On April 2, 2015 at Swann Auction Galleries, Barkley Hendricks entered into the 
consciousness of the art buying public  when, Steve, estimated reserve $120,000 - 180,000 sold for record breaking $365,000.00

Today Barkley’s body of work is as fresh and vibrant as ever, and the impact he made through his art and teaching is only beginning to be felt. This summer he was to participate in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, at the Tate Modern in London from July 12 to October 22, 2017.  This is a fruit of his long career he will never taste.
My personal opinion:
this younger generation of school trained artist are reaping from the low hanging fruits they did not plant, they have no stand out vision.  The hope for the next innovative art expression lies with the next generation of visionary artist and if they fail to provide vision, there will be no future fruits to reap and the light will go.

 but for now, another soldier down ---
#BarkleyHendricks #RIP 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

First Commercial Gallery in The UK for Self-Taught Artists

Jarvis Cocker helps launch first commercial gallery in the UK for self-taught artists

James Brett and Jarvis Cocker are collaborating for The Gallery of Everything (Image: © 2016 Joas Souza. Courtesy of The Gallery of Everything)

Jarvis Cocker, the British musician who famously sang about studying sculpture at Central Saint Martins college of art, is to collaborate on the inaugural exhibition at The Gallery of Everything—the UK’s first commercial gallery dedicated to self-taught artists. Its aim, according to a statement, is to “communicate an alternative history of art”.

All proceeds raised from sales at the gallery, due to open in a former barber shop in Marylebone on 25 September, will go towards the non-profit activities of The Museum of Everything. The institution, dedicated to the exhibition and advancement of private and non-academic artists, was established in north London in 2009. 

“As The Museum of Everything continues its mission around the globe, The Gallery of Everything will be its home for collectors and museums, secret makers and do-ers, and for private art made public,” says the museum's founder James Brett. 

The first exhibition at the gallery takes its name from—and features artists made famous by—Cocker’s 1998 Channel 4 documentary about non-academic art, Journeys into the Outside. They include Howard Finster, whose work was picked up by the US rock band Talking Heads (prices range from £3,000 to £30,000), and the self-appointed visionary St EOM (his art is not for sale). The rarely shown TV series will also be screened as part of the show (until 20 November). Cocker, meanwhile, is due to take part in several discussions at the gallery.

The gallery will also participate in Frieze Masters this year (6-9 October), showing works by artists discovered by Jean Dubuffet and displayed in his experimental Parisian salon in 1947, Le Foyer de l’Art Brut. They include the portraitist Aloïse Corbaz; Juva, a lapsed nobleman and academic who obsessively collected flint stones; and several volcanic stone carvings named after the Swiss collector Josef Müller, known only as Les Barbus Müller. Many of the works have never been on the market before.