Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Sacrifice of the Watermelon Virgin or Shirt Off Her Back
Barkley L. Hendricks, American, born 1945. Published by Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia.
Color offset lithograph
Currently not on view
2009-61-36Gift of the Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, in memory of Anne d'Harnoncourt, 2009
LabelHendricks 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.