The title of this painting is borrowed from a 1974 song by the rhythm and blues duo Ashford and Simpson. Unlike many of his portraits that present the subject frontally on a stark, monochromatic background, in this work Hendricks has created a detailed setting. The young woman lies languidly on a sofa, gazing toward the floor, her face partially obscured by the drooping leaves of a houseplant. This painting presents an intimate environment, where the semi-nude subject is accessorized with a colorful head wrap, a feather boa, multi-colored striped socks, and ballet slippers, as well as a selection of high-heeled shoes on the floor. Hendricks demonstrates both his engagement with women’s fashion and feminine sensibility, as well as a formal interest in color, pattern, and texture.


  • Title: Take All the Time You Need (Adrienne Hawkins)
  • Creator: Barkley L. Hendricks
  • Creator Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Date Created: 1975
  • Location: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Physical Dimensions: 72 × 72 inches (182.9 × 182.9 cm)
  • Type: Painting
  • Publisher: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Rights: © Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks
  • External Link: https://nasher.duke.edu/exhibitions/barkley-l-hendricks-works-collection/
  • Medium: Oil on linen
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Credit Line: Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Gift of Kelsey and David Lamond. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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