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Artist in conversation: Phyllida Barlow RA


Wednesday 10 April 2019
6.30 — 7.30pm

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Phyllida Barlow in her studio, 2018

© Royal Academy of Arts. Photo: Cat Garcia

Renowned artist Phyllida Barlow CBE RA will discuss her practice, career and current exhibition at the Royal Academy with contemporary art critic, Gilda Williams.

In this special event, Phyllida Barlow will discuss her latest exhibition Phyllida Barlow RA cul-de-sac and how the location, the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries at the Royal Academy, has inspired her to challenge our perception of the space in a completely original way.

For more than 50 years, Phyllida Barlow has taken inspiration from her surroundings to create imposing installations. She creates anti-monumental sculptures from inexpensive, low-grade materials such as cardboard, fabric, plywood, polystyrene, scrim and cement. The seams of their construction are left at times visible, revealing the means of their making. The audience is challenged into a new relationship with the sculptural object, the gallery environment and the world beyond.

Barlow came to prominence in the art world after a long and influential career as a fine art teacher, first at Chelsea College of Art in the 1960s and then at the Slade School of Art, where she was professor of fine art and director of undergraduate studies until 2009. She has exhibited extensively across institutions internationally and in 2017 represented Britain at the Venice Biennale.

Phyllida Barlow will be in conversation with Gilda Williams.

Gilda Williams is a contemporary art critic, teacher, and author of the bestselling art book, How to Write about Contemporary Art. She is Senior Lecturer on the MFA Curating programme at Goldsmiths College, London, and is also London correspondent for Artforum magazine.

This event will be accompanied by BSL and speech-to-text interpretation.

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Wednesday 10 April 2019

6.30 — 7.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£20, £12