Phyllida Barlow

Untitled

1997

On display at Tate Liverpool

Artist
Phyllida Barlow born 1944
Medium
Acrylic paint on paper
Dimensions
Support: 640 x 897 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 2012
Reference
T13837

Display caption

Drawing is important in Barlow’s practice, and central to an understanding of her sculptural work. These drawings span a period of more than twenty years. They embody the same ambiguous nature as Barlow’s sculptures and represent the range of her sculptural vocabulary, which includes racks, arenas, greengrocer’s crates, crumpled canvases, strange furniture wrapped around with soft materials, and the layering, accumulation and juxtaposition of ambiguous objects and shapes. Made with thick, gestural brushstrokes, the drawings retain spontaneity of feeling and vitality. Across the group, similar marks are repeated and developed, suggesting solid forms and hinting at familiar shapes.

Gallery label, October 2013