A career spanning six decades, British artist Phyllida Barlow (1944–2023) took inspiration from her surroundings to create imposing installations that can be at once menacing and playful. 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. Barlow exhibited extensively across institutions internationally, including: Chillida Leku, Hernani (2023); Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2022); ARTIST ROOMS, Tate Modern, London (2021); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2021); The Royal Academy of Arts, London (2019); La Biennale di Venezia, British Pavilion, Venice (2017); Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich (2016); Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2015); Duveen Commission at Tate Britain, London (2014). Barlow was awarded the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung’s 2022 Kurt Schwitters Prize.
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