Ernie Barnes Iconic ‘Sugar Shack’ Portray on Mortgage to Houston Museum One Month After Document-Shattering Public sale Sale


THE VICTOR IN A FIERCE BIDDING WAR, artwork collector Invoice Perkins paid a record-shattering $15.3 million for “The Sugar Shack” (1976) by Ernie Barnes (1938-2009) at Christie’s New York on Might 12. The long-lasting portray was estimated to promote for about $200,000, so the staggering value made worldwide information and introduced lengthy overdue, widespread consideration to Barnes and his picture of a vigorous dance corridor scene on the Durham Armory in North Carolina.

Following the public sale, Perkins gave a number of media interviews. He stated proudly owning “The Sugar Shack” was a childhood dream, he would have paid much more, and he deliberate to mortgage the portray to a museum. He wished “to let different folks join with it. It means loads to America, and it undoubtedly means loads to Black America,” Perkins instructed Bloomberg, “after which I’m going to hold it in my home.”

Solely a month after buying “The Sugar Shack,” Perkins is making good on his want to share the work with the general public. The Houston hedge fund supervisor and founding father of Skylar Vitality has loaned the well-known portray to his native museum.


Ernie Barnes, “The Sugar Shack,” 1976 (acrylic on canvas). | Assortment of William O. Perkins III and Lara Perkins. © Ernie Barnes Household Belief


On June 15, “The Sugar Shack” will go on view on the Museum of Positive Arts, Houston (MFAH), the place it is going to be displayed by Dec. 31.

“I need to thank Invoice Perkins for his beneficiant mortgage to the Museum of Ernie Barnes’s extraordinary portray,” MFAH Director Gary Tinterow stated in an announcement. “The Sugar Shack will take satisfaction of place within the Museum’s latest house for contemporary and up to date artwork, the Nancy and Wealthy Kinder Constructing, the place it may be appreciated by our guests within the context of works within the everlasting assortment.”

Collector Invoice Perkins referred to as ‘The Sugar Shack a ‘phenomenal portray’ and stated he’s thrilled to share it with all of Houston.

Born in Durham, N.C., Barnes was knowledgeable soccer participant earlier than he devoted himself full-time to his creative apply. He lived and labored in Los Angeles, however his roots within the segregated South continued to encourage his figurative pictures of the African American expertise. “The Sugar Shack” grow to be the artist’s most well-known work through its affiliation with in style tradition.

Barnes made two variations of the portray. The primary was featured on the duvet of Marvin Gaye’s 1976 album “I Need You.” A second model, the portray now owned by Perkins, appeared in the course of the credit of Good Occasions, the Seventies tv sitcom.

“Lara and I are thrilled to have the ability to share this phenomenal portray with all of Houston,” Perkins stated in an announcement, referring to his spouse Lara Perkins. “As I’ve stated many instances, buying ‘The Sugar Shack’ was for me the belief of a childhood dream. I do know that Ernie Barnes’s masterwork can be as inspirational for all those that will see it because it has been for us.” CT


“From Pads to Palette” (1995) is an autobiographical quantity by Ernie Barnes. Alongside his soccer sketches and work, the artist recounts his childhood in Durham, N.C., soccer experiences together with the segregated AFL and early NFL years, and the beginning of his artwork profession together with his first solo exhibition at Grand Central Artwork Galleries in New York. Two kids’s books chronicle the artist’s life, “Between the Strains: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Soccer Area to the Artwork Gallery” with illustrations by Bryan Collier and “Pigskins to Paintbrushes: The Story of Soccer-Taking part in Artist Ernie Barnes,” written and illustrated by Don Tate. “Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Cash and Your Life” by collector Invoice Perkins, which was revealed final 12 months.



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