Phyllida Barlow brings ‘Macho Sculpture’ to the Royal Academy

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Phyllida Barlow brings ‘Macho Sculpture’ to the Royal Academy

Three gallery spaces at the Royal Academy have been taken over by the artist Phyllida Barlow, with work that have never been seen before.


Her brightly coloured sculptures to link the separate rooms the exhibition named 'cul-de-sac' encouraging visitors to see the work from many different angles. 


The large-scale works move away from classical ideas of sculpture, avoiding balance and beauty, favouring instead a sense of instability, obstruction and incongruity. 


Barlow said, “The galleries form a cul-de-sac – the three spaces are linear in how they proceed from the first gallery to the third gallery. Returning from the third gallery back to the first gallery is an opportunity to see the works differently. The classical style combined with the great height of the first and third galleries suggest a former use very different from what it is now. This gives the three spaces an ambiguity, as if emptied out, their past erased, now vacant and ready for something very different from what they once were. I like this ambiguity very much.”


Phyllida Barlow’s ‘cul-de-sac’ opens on February 23rd at the Royal Academy’s  Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, and runs until June 23rd 2019.

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