Barkley L. Hendricks

Artist Barkley L. Hendricks discusses “Birth of the Cool,” his retrospective exhibition at Duke University's Nasher Museum.

Born in 1945 in Philadelphia, Hendricks's unique work resides at the nexus of American realism and post-modernism, a space somewhere between portraitists Chuck Close and Alex Katz and pioneering black conceptualists David Hammons and Adrian Piper. He is best known for his stunning, life-sized portraits of people of color from the urban northeast.

The exhibition will travel to the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Santa Monica Museum (Los Angeles), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston.