If you’ve seen the portraits of Barkley L. Hendricks, you probably noticed the gothic windows of his former Connecticut studio reflected in the glasses of many of his subjects. So I was curious to see the windows in his new temporary studio at Golden Belt, near downtown Durham. Barkley is a Visiting Artist in Residence at Duke University for the semester.
Women’s party shoes are lined up like so much inspiration on the window sill. Jazz plays on the radio. The artist’s newer portraits, works on paper, line the plain white walls. His cameras are within easy reach, in case a visitor walks in wearing interesting shoes.
For the next few weeks, Barkley will be working at his studio and making appearances around campus.
He will give a talk, “Diego and Me: Hendricks on Velázquez,” on October 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Nasher Museum. He will probably talk about drawing inspiration for his own work from the Spanish old master, whose work is on view at the Nasher Museum in “El Greco to Velázquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III.”
Next month, in New York, the retrospective of Barkley’s paintings, organized by the Nasher Museum, opens at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Meanwhile, Barkley says stop on by Studio No. 137 at Golden Belt—just not during lunch time, please.
Wendy Livingston is manager of marketing and communications at the Nasher Museum.