Barkley L. Hendricks

Barkley L. Hendricks, Blood (Donald Formey), 1975. Oil and acrylic on cotton canvas, 72 x 50 ½ inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Barkley L. Hendricks, "Fela: Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen," 2002. Oil and variegated leaf on canvas, wooden frame, armature, 66 3/4 x 46 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.

Barkley L. Hendricks, George Jules Taylor, 1972. Oil and acrylic on cotton canvas, 91 ½ x 60 ¼ inches. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; William C. Whitney Foundation.

Barkley L. Hendricks, Sisters (Susan and Toni), 1977. Oil and acrylic on linen canvas, 66 x 48 inches

Barkley L. Hendricks Sir Charles, Alias Willie Harris, 1972. Oil and acrylic on linen canvas, 84 1/8 x 72 inches. Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.; William C. Whitney Foundation.

Barkley L. Hendricks Bahsir (Robert Gowens), 1975. Oil on canvas, 83.5 x 66 inches. Collection the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Barkley L. Hendricks, "Lawdy Mama," 1969. Oil on canvas, 53 3/4 x 36 1/4 inches. Collection the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Gift of Stuart Liebman, in memory of Joseph B. Liebman.

I have to say, this is one of my all-time-favorite Artforum magazine covers (April 2009) with Hendricks’ painting Steve (detail), 1976. Plus Copeland’s article “Figures and Grounds: The Art of Barkley L. Hendricks” is a great read.

Images via Barkley Hendricks.com, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, Nasher Museum of Art, the Gothamist and Artforum magazine.

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I love these paintings, so so much.

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