Artist Phyllida Barlow is in conversation with Frances Morris, Head of collections and international art at Tate on her largest and most ambitious work in London to date made for The Tate Britain 2014 commission supported by Sotheby’s.
For over four decades Phyllida Barlow has made imposing, large scale sculptural installations using inexpensive, everyday materials, and has been an influence on younger generations of artists. This conversation will trace Barlow’s singular career leading up to her spectacular production for the Duveens Gallery at Tate Britain.
Phyllida Barlow (born 1944) studied at Chelsea School of Art, London (1960–63) and then the Slade School of Fine Art, London (1963–66) where she later became a Professor. Recent international major exhibitions include Venice Biennale (2013), Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2013), Des Moines Art Centre, Des Moines (2013), Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach (2013), New Museum, New York (2012), Ludwig Forum Aachen, Germany (2012), Kunstverein Nurnberg, Germany (2011), BAWAG Contemporary Vienna, Austria (2010), and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (2004). She became a Royal Academician in 2011 and lives and works in London.
Frances Morris is Head of Collections, International Art at Tate. In 1997 she was appointed Art Programme Curator for Tate Modern, with Iwona Blazwick, contributing to the two year programme of pre-opening projects in and around Bankside. She then oversaw the display of the collection from its opening in 2000 to 2007 as Head of Displays at Tate Modern. Past exhibitions and catalogues include Tate Modern’s retrospectives of Yayoi Kusama in 2012 and Louise Bourgeois in 2007. Frances is a Director of the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, a Board member of CIMAM and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto.