Barkley L. Hendricks, Whose Tender and Immaculate Portraits Define an Age, Dies at 72

Hendricks.

Hendricks. “No artist deserves anything,” Barkley L. Hendricks said in an interview in 2008 . “Van Gogh didn’t get squat in his lifetime.” At the time, the 63-year-old was at the start of a career resurgence—he had been in the Whitney Biennial two years earlier and an astounding retrospective that began at the the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in North Carolina was touring the United States, confirming to a wider audience a fact that had long been known only to a limited group: that his tender and immaculate paintings of men and women of color stand as some of the indelible images of the 20th century. This morning, Hendricks died, ending a freewheeling, original career that stretched across half a century. He had turned 72 two days ago. “I’m just trying to do the best painting of the individuals who have piqued my curiosity and made [...]