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b. 1944, United Kingdom

Phyllida Barlow Biography

For more than 50 years, British artist Phyllida Barlow has taken inspiration from her surroundings to create imposing installations that can be at once menacing and playful. She creates anti-monumental sculptures from inexpensive, low-grade materials such as cardboard, fabric, plywood, polystyrene, scrim and cement. These constructions are often painted in industrial or vibrant colours, the seams of their construction left at times visible, revealing the means of their making.

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Barlow's restless invented forms stretch the limits of mass, volume and height as they block, straddle and balance precariously. The audience is challenged into a new relationship with the sculptural object, the gallery environment and the world beyond.

'There's something about walking around sculpture that has the possibility of being reflective, like walking through a landscape," Barlow has said. "The largeness of sculpture has that infinite possibility to make one engage beyond just the object itself and into other realms of experience.'

Barlow has exhibited extensively across institutions internationally and in 2017 represented Britain at the Venice Biennale.

Text courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

Phyllida Barlow Featured Artworks

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untitled: standup, 5 by Phyllida Barlow contemporary artwork
Phyllida Barlowuntitled: standup, 5, 2016Bonding, cardboard, fabric, PVA, paint, paper, plaster, plywood, polycotton, polyurethane board, spray paint
54 x 29 x 29 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
untitled: set 1; 2020 by Phyllida Barlow contemporary artwork
Phyllida Barlowuntitled: set 1; 2020, 2020Acrylic on paper
57 x 75.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
untitled: Set 3 (greenstack); 2020 by Phyllida Barlow contemporary artwork
Phyllida Barlowuntitled: Set 3 (greenstack); 2020, 2020Acrylic on paper
57 x 75.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
untitled; Set 5 (fallen boulder); 2020 by Phyllida Barlow contemporary artwork
Phyllida Barlowuntitled; Set 5 (fallen boulder); 2020, 2020Acrylic on paper
57 x 75.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Untitled: GIG by Phyllida Barlow contemporary artwork
Phyllida BarlowUntitled: GIG, 2014Fabric, paper, cord, timber, paint
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
untitled: floor vi; 2017 by Phyllida Barlow contemporary artwork
Phyllida Barlowuntitled: floor vi; 2017, 2017Collage with acrylic on paper
59.3 x 70 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
untitled by Phyllida Barlow contemporary artwork
Phyllida Barlowuntitled, c. 1980–1990Acrylic on paper
38.2 x 56.1 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Untitled: Copse; 2017 by Phyllida Barlow contemporary artwork
Phyllida BarlowUntitled: Copse; 2017, 2017Acrylic on paper
57 x 76.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery

Phyllida Barlow Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Seeing Touch at Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz
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26 September–15 November 2020 Group Exhibition Seeing Touch Hauser & WirthSt. Moritz
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Stronger Than Language at Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz
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11 June–5 July 2020 Group Exhibition Stronger Than Language Hauser & WirthSt. Moritz
Contemporary art exhibition, Phyllida Barlow, tilt at Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
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14 November–22 December 2018 Phyllida Barlow tilt Hauser & Wirth22nd Street, New York

Phyllida Barlow Represented By

Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong, Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset, Gstaad, St. Moritz

Phyllida Barlow In Ocula Magazine

Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui By Tendai John Mutambu and Qinxin Gao, London

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset...

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Phyllida Barlow In Related Press

Phyllida Barlow has us on the edge at the Royal Academy Related Press Phyllida Barlow has us on the edge at the Royal Academy 24 February 2019, Wallpaper*

There is palpable momentum behind the sculptural force that is Phyllida Barlow. Her latest operatic aria for the Royal Academy, fulfils every expectation of the acclaimed British sculptor: master of paradox, connoisseur of materiality and astute interrogator of space.

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Edinburgh Art Festival: from laments for Syria to close-up magic Related Press Edinburgh Art Festival: from laments for Syria to close-up magic 6 August 2018, iNews

August: the month Edinburgh is aflame with comedians and spoken word performers vying to out-taboo one another. Amid such faux courage comes a reminder of the real danger of speaking freely: in the cause of love and beauty as well as politics.

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Phyllida Barlow In Video & Audio

Phyllida Barlow: tilt Related Video & Audio Phyllida Barlow: tilt 21 November 2018, Hauser & Wirth

‘I wanted to refresh completely my attitude to sculpture.’ Phyllida Barlow discusses her exhibition tilt at Hauser & Wirth New York, 22 nd Street, and how it marks a new stage in her practice. For more than fifty years, the British artist has created sculptures and large-scale installations using a direct and intuitive process of making....

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