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Barkley Hendrick’s Stanley Whitney Portrait Could Break Auction Record

A 1971 portrait of the artist Stanley Whitney painted by Barkley Hendricks is poised to interrupt a file for the artists when it’s supplied at public sale in May.

The portray, titled “Stanley,” image its titular topic in avenue garments standing towards a gold background and smoking a cigarette. It will likely be supplied throughout a single proprietor sale at Christie’s the place it’s anticipated to fetch $5 million. If it reaches its low estimate, the portray’s sale will likely be a file worth for a piece by Hendricks, who died in 2017 on the age of 72.

The two Philadelphia-born artists met whereas learning at Yale University within the Seventies. Hendricks would finally change into recognized for his work of trend ahead topics —predominantly depicting individuals of coloration in his interior circles. He’s credited for influencing the present technology of Black figurative painters working right this moment.

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The final time a significant Hendricks work got here to public sale was in December 2020. The 1972 canvas Mr. Johnson (Sammy from Miami), 1972, depicting one of many artist’s signature nonchalantly-posed fashions bought for $4 million throughout a Sotheby’s up to date sale in New York—setting a brand new public sale file for the artist. The end result surpassed the earlier excessive of $3.7 million paid for Hendricks’s Yocks (1975) at Sotheby’s in 2019. 

Recognition surged for Hendricks following the Nasher Museum of Art’s lauded retrospective “Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool,” in 2008 at Duke University. Whitney, who’s 77, has seen his personal milestones just lately. His summary works garnered consideration throughout a collateral exhibition staged on the final version of the Venice Biennale in 2022.

The portray will likely be being supplied alongside a gaggle of different works owned by the Boston developer Gerald Fineberg, who died in December 2022. 500 works from the real-estate magnate’s holdings that embody work by artwork historic heavyweights like Willem de Kooning and Gerhard Richter, valued at $8 million and $15 million, respectively, will even be bought.

Fineberg, whereas amassing his assortment of up to date artwork, served on the boards of Massachusetts artwork establishments together with the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston. The latter has a wall named for Fineberg and his spouse, Sandra.

The property assortment is anticipated to generate a complete of $270 million, in line with Christie’s assertion.

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