Sacrifice of the Watermelon Virgin or Shirt Off Her Back

Barkley L. Hendricks, American, born 1945. Published by Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia.

Date:
1987

Medium:
Color offset lithograph

Dimensions:
Image and sheet: 21 3/4 x 29 15/16 inches (55.2 x 76 cm)

Copyright:
© Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2009-61-36

Credit Line:
Gift of the Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, in memory of Anne d'Harnoncourt, 2009

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Hendricks is best known for his forthright, life-sized portrait paintings that focus on identity, style, and attitude. His subjects are typically people who are generally misrepresented, unacknowledged, or otherwise underappreciated by society at large. This concern carries over, albeit in a sardonic rather than affirmative way, in this print, with its blatant allusions to racial stereotypes and slurs.