Barkley L. Hendricks in Conversation with Nigel Freeman at Swann

Last week Swann Galleries had the pleasure of hosting an artist talk with Barkley L. Hendricks, whose “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.*” In the interview with Nigel Freeman, Hendricks discussed the role of education in his artistic development, painting technique and inspirations, and took questions from the audience.

In Swann’s June 10 auction The Shape of Things to Come: African-American Fine Art, Hendricks’s Sergio, which served as the backdrop for their talk, brought $106,250. Stay tuned for a video of the revealing and entertaining conversation.

*From the Nasher Museum of Art’s page on their 2008 Hendricks retrospective Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool.