Robert Barry (artist)

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Robert Barry
Born March 9, 1936
The Bronx, New York
Nationality American
Known for Conceptual art, Idea art

Robert Barry (born March 9, 1936 in the Bronx, New York) is an American artist. 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." [1]

Life and career[edit]

Barry was born and grew up in The Bronx. A graduate of Hunter College, he studied there under artists William Baziotes and Robert Motherwell, later joining the college's faculty. Barry moved to Teaneck, New Jersey in 1974, with his wife and two sons.[2]

Work[edit]

Barry's work focuses on escaping the previously known physical limits of the art object in order to express the unknown or unperceived.[3] 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 an object.",[4] 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.[5]

When asked about his piece for exhibition "Prospect '69," his response was "The piece consists of the ideas that people will have from reading this interview... The piece in its entirety is unknowable because it exists in the mind of so many people. Each person can really know that part which is in his own mind."[citation needed]

Exhibitions[edit]

Barry's work has been shown in international events such as the Paris Biennale (1971), Documenta, Kassel (1972), and the Venice Biennale (1972).[6]

He is represented in Paris and New York by Yvon Lambert Gallery.

Artist books[edit]

  • Something in a box, Bruxelles, mfc-michèle didier, 2014. Limited edition of 24 numbered and signed copies and 6 artist's proofs. Voir mfc-michèle didier
  • One Million Colored Dots, Bruxelles, mfc-michèle didier, 2008. Limited edition of 30 numbered and signed copies and 5 artist’s proofs.
  • Art Lovers, Bruxelles, mfc-michèle didier, 2006. Limited edition of 270 numbered copies and 30 artist’s proofs.

Collections[edit]

Barry is included in the permanent collections of renowned museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Musée National D’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lucy R. Lippard, Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 (New York, Praeger, 1973), p. 40
  2. ^ Genocchio, Benjamin. "A Career Built on Exploring the Boundaries of Art", The New York Times, November 30, 2003. Accessed December 6, 2009. "When, in 1974, he took up residence in Teaneck, with his wife and two sons, he was a young artist and lecturer at Hunter College in New York."
  3. ^ Goldstein and Rorimer, Museum of Conceptual Art catalog, Reconsidering the Object of Art: 1965 to 1975, ISBN 0-262-57111-0
  4. ^ Kristine Stiles, Peter Howard Selz, Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art (University of California Press, 1996), p. 839, ISBN 0-520-20251-1
  5. ^ http://www.frieze.com/issue/review/robert_barry/
  6. ^ Light and Dark - The Projections of Robert Barry 1967 - 2012, December 14, 2012 - January 26, 2013 Yvon Lambert Gallery.
  7. ^ Light and Dark - The Projections of Robert Barry 1967 - 2012, December 14, 2012 - January 26, 2013 Yvon Lambert Gallery.

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