The artist's most recent success was dock, made for the prestigious Duveen Commission at Tate Britain, which challenged the architecture of the grand entrance galleries with breathtakingly large yet curiously homely sculptures.
A major exhibition of new work made specially for The Fruitmarket Gallery by Phyllida Barlow, one of the international art world’s brightest stars. Born in Newcastle in 1944, and with a career spanning five decades, Barlow is known for monumental sculpture made from simple materials such as plywood, cardboard, fabric, plaster, paint and plastic. Physically impressive and materially insistent, her sculptures are inspired by the outside world, and with the experience of living and looking.
Barlow’s exhibition sets out, in her own words, to ‘turn the Gallery upside down’. A new series of large sculptures engulf The Fruitmarket Gallery in art, spilling from the upper gallery over the staircase and into the ground floor, enticing the visitor from the street and into a new world.
A major monograph accompanies this exhibition. Phyllida Barlow: Sculpture 1963–2015, written by Frances Morris, Director of Collection, International Art at Tate, offers an indispensible resource on the practice of this important British sculptor. Published by The Fruitmarket Gallery and Hatje Cantz.
Image: Phyllida Barlow, dock, 2014. Duveen Commission, Tate Britain, London, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne.
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Join us to celebrate the exhibition and the publication launch on Wed 29 July, 6–8pm.
Every Sat, 2–3pm. Free
The Fruitmarket Gallery
45 Market Street, Edinburgh
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