Beloved American artist Barkley L. Hendricks has long influenced young artists with his rich oil portraits and photographs. It’s always exciting to hear about new and emerging artists who are inspired by Barkley. The Financial Times recently featured Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a British artist of Ghanaian ancestry whose solo show is on view at the Studio Museum in Harlem. (Fans will remember that Barkley’s solo show travelled there from the Nasher Museum in 2008.) Writer Ariella Budick makes a direct comparison between Lynette and Barkley: “Yiadom-Boakye’s lush, seductive textures and nocturnal hues, and the imposing presence of her imaginary subjects give these huge canvases a potency that goes beyond mere polemic. For decades, the painter Barkley Hendricks has endowed friends and acquaintances with the monumental dignity of Holbein potentates. Like him, Yiadom-Boakye not only deconstructs and criticises the tradition of portraiture; she celebrates, reclaims, and adds to it.” Read more: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/bea00ca6-f823-11df-8875-00144feab49a.html#ixzz16hS6UvR5
“Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Any Number of Preoccupations” is on view at the Studio Museum through March 13.www.studiomuseum.org
Wendy Hower has been the manager of marketing and communications at the Nasher Museum since April 2004. Before that, she was a print journalist for 15 years at newspapers in Boston, Alaska and North Carolina. She has two teen-age children and a chocolate Labrador retriever.
J Caldwell is online community coordinator and photographer at the Nasher Museum, where he has taken pictures since 2008. His previous career was testing the hearing of fruit flies as an anesthesiology research fellow at Duke. His calico cat Lotte is a reluctant photo model.
Juline is the curator of education at the Nasher Museum, and as such, has been getting people to look more, think more, and talk more about art since 2005. Juline is too crafty for her own good, and likes to knit, sew and weave in her free time. She has two mini dachshunds that refuse to wear the sweaters she has made them.
Sarah is the Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum.
Katie is assistant curator at the Nasher Museum, where she has worked since 2010. A Duke graduate, Katie likes to read, travel, and eat good food. Her cat Ramona also enjoys eating but is less discriminating.