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Barkley L. Hendricks Birth of the Cool
Nov 12, 2008 - Mar 15, 2009
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  • Barkley L. Hendricks
    Blood (Donald Formey), 1975
    Oil and acrylic on cotton canvas, 72 x 50 ½ in.
    Collection of Dr. Kenneth Montague/The Wedge Collection, Toronto
     

  • Barkley L. Hendricks

    Icon for Fifi, 1982

    Oil and combination leaf on linen canvas,
    60 ¼ x 50 ¼ in.

    Courtesy of the artist.
     

  • Barkley L. Hendricks
    Vertical Hold, 1967
    Oil, acrylic and metallic silver on cotton canvas, 47 x 44 in.
    Courtesy the artist
     

  • Barkley L. Hendricks
    George Jules Taylor, 1972
    Oil and acrylic on cotton canvas, 93 1/8 x 62 in.
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; William C. Whitney Foundation
     

  • Barkley L. Hendricks
    Dippy’s Delight, 1969
    Oil and acrylic on cotton canvas, 46 in. diameter
    Collection of Blake Byrne, Los Angeles
     

  • Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool (installation view), 2008

    Photo: Adam Reich

  • Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool (installation view), 2008

    Photo: Adam Reich

  • Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool (installation view), 2008

    Photo: Adam Reich

  • Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool (installation view), 2008

    Photo: Adam Reich

In fall of 2008, The Studio Museum in Harlem was the second stop for the first career retrospective of renowned African-American painter Barkley L. Hendricks (b. 1945). Hendricks was born in Philadelphia, trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Yale University and now lives and works in New London, Connecticut. He is best known for his life-size portraits of people of color living in urban areas in the 1960s and 70s. This unparalleled exhibition of Hendricks’s paintings included work from 1964 to the present. Alongside his iconic portraits, Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool will feature many of Hendricks’s lesser known, older works and his newest pieces: small plein air studies of the Jamaican landscape. This exhibition was organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and was curated by Trevor Schoonmaker.  After it left the Studio Museum, the exhibition traveled to the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council with funding from the state of North Carolina.