Sketchbook Lawdy Mama

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Sketchbook with image of Lawdy Mama, 1969, by Barkley L. Hendricks. 

This portrait of the artist's relative Kathy Williams was inspired by Byzantine and early Renaissance paintings. In them, gold-leaf backgrounds signal the divine, conveying through material splendor the importance of the devotional object, and prompting wonder and meditation. Lawdy Mama’s rounded top, crafted by Hendricks himself, echoes the geometry of Renaissance art and frames the sitter’s afro-as-halo.

Made in celebration of the exhibition Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick (September 21, 2023 to January 7, 2024).

Measures 5.5 x 8.5 in., 48 pages