Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool
January 30 - April 18, 2010
5216 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006
Birth of Cool marks the first painting retrospective of Pennsylvania-born Barkley L. Hendricks. His dazzling, life-sized portraits of urban dwellers from the northeast are part of an exhibition that consists of over 50 works from 1964 to the present. Hendrick’s compelling works find commonalities with the works contemporary portraitists like Alex Katz and an earlier generation of black painters from Romare Bearden to Beauford Delaney. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is the final touring stop after traveling to the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.