Phyllida Barlow cul-de-sac Softback Exhibition Catalogue
Explore acclaimed British sculptor Phyllida Barlow’s new series of space-changing installations with this exhibition catalogue, printed to accompany her latest show.
Phyllida Barlow cul-de-sac is filled with installation shots of the artist’s new works at the Royal Academy and includes photography in the studio. The book’s introduction situates Barlow as a key figure within contemporary sculpture. An interview between the artist and the show’s curator Edith Devaney examines the new work in the exhibition.
cul-de-sac is on display at The Royal Academy of Arts from 23 February to 23 June 2019, in The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, at The Royal Academy of Arts.
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The British sculptor Phyllida Barlow cbe ra (b. 1944) studied at Chelsea College of Art (1960–63) and the Slade School of Art (1963–66), where she later taught for much of her career. Since retiring from teaching in 2009, she has been elected a Royal Academician, created new work for Tate Britain and the Royal Academy, had numerous solo shows and last year represented Britain at the Venice Biennale.
Barlow’s large-scale sculptures eschew serenity, balance and beauty in favour of instability, obstruction and oddness. They invade the spaces they inhabit, instead of neatly complementing them. Her use of inexpensive everyday materials – concrete, plywood, cardboard, plaster, fabric and paint – suggests that her works are a double act of recycling: both of the materials she uses and the images she draws from her memory.