Blog / Barkley L. Hendricks: conquering the world


By Wendy

This big sexy portrait by Barkley L. Hendricks (above) was a highlight of Art Basel Miami Beach. Note her shoes!
Since Barkley’s huge solo show at the Nasher Museum in 2008, he has enjoyed looking for portrait subjects wherever he goes.  We asked Barkley to say a few things about this painting while he is on vacation in Jamaica. Here’s the skinny, relayed by email through his wife, Susan:

The shirt is not twisted, it’s a diagonal placket–“that’s the style!”

She’s a Latina New Yorker–a Latin from Manhattan, but then, he’s already used that title.

The title derives from a quote of Marilyn Monroe: “Give a woman the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.”

IMAGE: Barkley L. Hendricks, Triple Portrait: World Conqueror, 2011. Oil, aluminum leaf, variegation leaf, and combination gold leaf on cotton canvas, 60 x 40  inches, 62 x 42 1/4 x 2 inches framed. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Special thanks to Barkley and Susan Hendricks.

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