Robert Barry

1936 · United States

Artist biography

Robert Barry was a creative visual artist, who originates from the United States. Robert Barry was born in 1936. Artists Knox Martin, Michael Goldberg, Michael Goldberg, Robert Rauschenberg and Allan Kaprow are of the same generation and same country as Robert Barry.

About Robert Barry's work

Robert Barry's work is often defined as Conceptual Art. Conceptual art is arguably not as clear and easily defined as other art movements, and can often spark intense reactions in the viewers. By nature, Conceptualism puts an emphasis on the strategies and research that go into the creation, making the concept of an artwork its most essential feature, rather than the actual finished product. Although the movement emerged in the mid 1960s, simultaneously across Europe and America, its father Marcel Duchamp had paved the way back in 1917, with his controversial artwork Fontaine. Conceptual art denies the traditional mediums, and strives to place the artwork in the realm of ideas - rather than that of material objects. Some of the most critically acclaimed figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Robert Barry's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries such as France, Belgium, and Italy. The galleries exhibiting Robert Barry's work include Galerie Steinek in Vienna, Galerie Greta Meert in Brussels, and mfc - michèle didier in Paris. Robert Barry's work are currently exhibiting at Gallery Martine Aboucaya in Paris with the exhibition Oblique Strategies / Part 2 (07 March 2020 - 30 April 2020). Robert Barry's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Oblique Strategies / Part 1 (31 January 2020 - 21 February 2020) at Gallery Martine Aboucaya in Paris and Solo Exhibition (29 March 2019 - 17 May 2019) at Galeria Jaqueline Martins in São Paulo. Robert Barry's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called THE WHITE HEAT and took place at MARC STRAUS in New York, the United States from the 03 June 2017 to 30 July 2017.

At the moment, Robert Barry has a total of two artworks for sale at Artland.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural importance of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously thought of as the most important art hub globally. Major art movements established and cultivated in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern iterations of these many types. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has exercised a prevailing influence over the visual culture of the World, due to the authority of its economic and political systems. Key examples of critically acclaimed U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Robert Barry

Robert Barry was born in 1936 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1950s. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised expressive brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of international attention, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many prominent artists to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a substantial pooling of talent and ideas. Important Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the grounds for much of the United States’ explosive cultural growth in the decades thereafter. Influential artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

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