Alvaro Barrington Moves from Strength to Strength with New Solo Exhibitions 3 October 2021
Exhibition view: Alvaro Barrington at Nicola Vassell Gallery, New York, 2021. Courtesy Nicola Vassell Gallery. Photo: Adam Reich Photography.
Alvaro Barrington, 1916-237 (2021). Mixed media on burlap paper in artist''s wooden frame. 29.2 x 37.5 x 4.8 cm. Courtesy Nicola Vassell Gallery. Photo: Adam Reich Photography.
Alvaro Barrington, UPGRADE U (2021). Oil and acrylic on burlap and wool in artist’s wooden frame, acrylic and cement on cardboard in artist’s concrete frame, yarn, CrossFit rope, chain, wheel barrel and Rolls-Royce rim. 302.9 x 446.4 x 50.2 cm. Courtesy Nicola Vassell Gallery. Photo: Adam Reich Photography.
'When you look at my paintings, you're encountering parts of my identity. I grew up in a culture where it was really about erasing hierarchies, where we're all participating in cultural production.' — Alvaro Barrington.
Alvaro Barrington's practice has moved from strength to strength in recent years. In 2021 alone, the artist has received five solo exhibitions. This year, Barrington has shown at Tabernacle, London; Sadie Coles HQ, London; Emalin, London; Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris; and Nicola Vassell Gallery, New York.
Alvaro Barrington's distinctive practice incorporates exhibitions, performances, concerts, fashion, philanthropy and activism.
At Nicola Vassell Gallery, Barrington's most recent exhibition, GARVEY 1: BIRTH -The Quiet Storm, explores 'birth, kin and the notion of being born into the traditions and material conditions of family. It is the first chapter in a four-part ode by the artist to the life and work of Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican national hero, and political activist who founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association in 1914.'
The artist's exhibition Spider The Pig, Pig The Spider opened on 1 October 2021 at South London Gallery.