Sacrifice of the Watermelon Virgin or Shirt Off Her Back was inspired by a woman that Barkley L. Hendricks encountered in a club. He asked if he could see her shirt more closely, to which she very naturally replied by taking her shirt off and giving it to him. How’s that for the perfect combination of generosity and high self-esteem?
From the Artist
Well, I paint and make art because I like doing it; that’s always the motivating factor. I’ve created a variety of imagery over the years—figurative painting, photography, fashion portfolios. The subject matter I’m involved with, though, has always been seen as suspect, given the screwed-up culture we live in… Given the fucked-up-ness of American culture, we can say that everything [I’ve made] is political, but that’s not the case.
—From https://hyperallergic.com/289393/barkley-l-hendricks-on-the-fucked-up-ness-of-american-culture/, accessed 6-22-2021
Philadelphia-born painter Barkley Hendricks studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, and earned a BFA and MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT.
In 2008, his first career retrospective exhibition,
21.5" x 30"
85 prints in this edition