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b. 1936, United States

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.

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Untitled (Wallpiece) by Robert Barry contemporary artwork installation
Robert Barry Untitled (Wallpiece), 2015 Vinyl on wall
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Untitled by Robert Barry contemporary artwork works on paper
Robert Barry Untitled, 1968 Paper mounted on paper
19.5 x 20 cm
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Untitled (4 outlined green squares) by Robert Barry contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Robert Barry Untitled (4 outlined green squares), 1967 Coloured pencil on paper
30.2 x 43 cm
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Untitled by Robert Barry contemporary artwork works on paper
Robert Barry Untitled, 1981-1982 Acrylic paint and pencil on paper
28.5 x 29 cm
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It is whole,... by Robert Barry contemporary artwork works on paper
Robert Barry It is whole,..., 1970-1971 Typewritting and pencil on paper
29 x 21.5 cm
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Untitled by Robert Barry contemporary artwork works on paper
Robert Barry Untitled, 2013 Vinyl on paper
85 x 59 cm (incl frame)
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Untitled by Robert Barry contemporary artwork works on paper
Robert Barry Untitled, 2013 Vinyl on paper
85 x 59 cm (incl frame)
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Untitled by Robert Barry contemporary artwork painting
Robert Barry Untitled, 2013 Acrylic paint on canvas
122 x 122 cm
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