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b. 1936, USA

Robert Barry Biography

Robert Barry is an American artist who currently lives and works in Teaneck, New Jersey. Since 1967, Barry has produced non-material works of art, installations, and performance art using a variety of otherwise invisible media. In 1968, Robert Barry is quoted as saying "Nothing seems to me the most potent thing in the world."

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Barry was born in1936 and grew up in The Bronx. A graduate of Hunter College, he studied there under artists William Baziotes and Robert Motherwell, later going to the college's faculty. Barry moved to Teaneck in1974.

Barry's work focuses on escaping the previously known physical limits of the art object in order to express the unknown or unperceived. Consequently, Barry has explored a number of different avenues toward defining the usually unseen space around objects, rather than producing the objects themselves.

Major nonvisible works from his early period include Carrier Wave, in which Barry used the carrier waves of a radio station for a prescribed length of time "not as a means of transmitting information, but rather as object." Radiation Piece, and Inert Gas Piece, in which Barry opened various containers of inert gases in different settings before groups of spectators, such as a canister of helium released in a desert.

Robert Barry Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Robert Barry contemporary artwork
Robert BarryUntitled, 2016Etched purple glass mirror
48 x 48 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Robert Barry contemporary artwork
Robert BarryUntitled, 2013Acrylic on paper, unique
40 x 26 1/2 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Robert Barry contemporary artwork
Robert BarryUntitled, 1990Acrylic, gesso and colored pencil on paper with deckled edge, unique
36 x 36 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
THIS IS... by Robert Barry contemporary artwork
Robert BarryTHIS IS..., 2018Set of four silkscreens on Steinbach paper
26 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled (Wallpiece) by Robert Barry contemporary artwork
Robert BarryUntitled (Wallpiece), 2015Vinyl on wall
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Untitled by Robert Barry contemporary artwork
Robert BarryUntitled, 1968Paper mounted on paper
19.5 x 20 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Untitled (4 outlined green squares) by Robert Barry contemporary artwork
Robert BarryUntitled (4 outlined green squares), 1967Coloured pencil on paper
30.2 x 43 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Untitled by Robert Barry contemporary artwork
Robert BarryUntitled, 1981-1982Acrylic paint and pencil on paper
28.5 x 29 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery

Robert Barry Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Barry, Robert Barry at Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
Closed
4–13 May 2020 Robert Barry Krakow Witkin GalleryBoston
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Barry, One Wall, One Work: Robert Barry at Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
Closed
21 September–2 November 2019 Robert Barry One Wall, One Work: Robert Barry Krakow Witkin GalleryBoston
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Barry, Works 1962 until present at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
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10 September–14 November 2015 Robert Barry Works 1962 until present Galerie Greta MeertBrussels

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