Barkley L. HendricksFamily Jules: NNN (No Naked Niggahs) 1974

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Barkley L. Hendricks (born 1945)
Family Jules: NNN (No Naked Niggahs)
Date 1974
MediumOil paint on linen
Dimensionssupport: 1681 x 1832 x 35 mm
Lent by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the North American Acquisitions Committee 2011
On long term loan


Family Jules: NNN (No Naked Niggahs) is a large painting showing a black man, naked but for a pair of round glasses, smoking a hash pipe on a luxurious white couch. Behind the couch the wall is decorated with ornate Moroccan tiles and thrown over the couch to the left of the figure there is a printed shirt; the print shows a white woman, and her face is turned towards the figure. The man’s right leg is bent with his foot resting on the seat of the couch while his left leg stretches to a rug on the floor. The composition crops his foot from the image as well as his outstretched left hand. Jules looks towards the viewer with his head tilted slightly back. The artist has captured a reflection of light in his glasses… (read more)

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