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REST IN PEACE: BARKLEY L. HENDRICKS

What I love about Barkley L. Hendricks’ work is his ability to own the Black body. He captured the soul and spirit of Black people – our essence. Mr. Hendrick’s oil paintings are perfectly imperfect. Many of these works (which are mostly of men – but he also did women and nudes) were created in the ‘60s and ‘70s, but look like stylish Instagram portraits of today. He was so visionary that he created work that is still culturally relevant and withstand the test of time. No wonder his retrospective exhibit in 2008 at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (which also traveled to the Studio Museum in Harlem) was aptly entitled “Birth of Cool.” EW