Brilliantly Endowed (Self Portrait) 1977, Barkley Hendricks
Brilliantly Endowed is a self-portrait that demonstrates swagger - defiance and cool detachment - as an everyday act of revolutionary aesthetics. Hendricks tackles head-on the double entendre and its potential stereotypical connotation of black male anatomy. #blackhistorywithblissful
Barkley L. Hendricks (April 16, 1945 – April 18, 2017) was a contemporary American painter who made pioneering contributions to black portraiture and conceptualism. Hendricks' best known work took the form of life-sized painted oil portraits. In these portraits, he attempted to imbue a proud, dignified presence upon his subjects. He frequently painted black Americans against monochrome interpretations of urban northeastern American backdrops.
Icon For My Man Superman (Superman Never Saved any Black People - Bobby Seale) 1969
Barkley Hendricks painted himself wearing a novelty T-shirt, provocatively nude from the waist down. The work’s subtitle invites a declarative statement of solidarity with the Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale, who said these words at his 1969 trial. Here Hendricks paints himself into history as a superhero rather than waiting for someone else to confer the honour upon him. #blackhistorywithblissful