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Take All the Time You Need (Adrienne Hawkins)

© Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Take All the Time You Need (Adrienne Hawkins)

Artist: Barkley L. Hendricks (Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1945–2017)
Culture: American
Date: 1975
Medium: Oil on linen
Dimensions:
72 × 72 inches (182.9 × 182.9 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Kelsey and David Lamond
Label Text:The title of this painting is borrowed from a 1974 song by the rhythm and blues duo Ashford and Simpson. Unlike many of his portraits that present the subject frontally on a stark, monochromatic background, as in Bahsir (Robert Gowens), here, Hendricks has created a detailed setting. The young woman lies languidly on a sofa, gazing toward the floor, her face partially obscured by the drooping leaves of a houseplant. This painting presents an intimate environment, where the semi-nude subject is accessorized with a colorful head wrap, a feather boa, multi-colored striped socks, and ballet slippers, as well as a selection of high-heeled shoes on the floor. Hendricks demonstrates both his engagement with women’s fashion and feminine sensibility, as well as a formal interest in color, pattern, and texture.
Provenance: Purchased by donor from Branch Gallery in Durham, North Carolina (2008). Branch Gallery acquired the work directly from the artist.
Object number: 2014.6.1