Phyllida Barlow Exhibition ‘Set’ Opens At The Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh

Phyllida Barlow

The Fruitmarket Gallery’s summer show is 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 six 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 engaging with the outside world, and with the experience of living and looking.

Barlow’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. She has agreed to work her magic on The Fruitmarket Gallery, with an exhibition that sets out, in her own words, to ‘turn the Gallery upside down’. She made a new series of large sculptures that engulf the Gallery in art, spilling from the upper gallery over the staircase and into the ground floor, enticing the visitor from the street and into the world of her visual imagination.

A new monograph is being produced by The Fruitmarket Gallery to mark this exhibition, Phyllida Barlow: Sculpture 1963–2015, written by Frances Morris, Head of Collections and International Art at Tate. Reproducing many works never seen before, this major monograph will illustrate more than 100 works, and will be an indispensible resource on the practice of this important British sculptor, who continues to be lauded by artists and critics for her work, and for her influence on several generations of artists.

The publication will be launched at the Edinburgh Art Festival and will include images of Barlow’s installations at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas in 2014, Tate Britain, Hauser & Wirth Somerset and London, the 55th Venice Biennale, and the 2013 Carnegie International, among many others. Published by The Fruitmarket Gallery and Hatje Cantz.

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. Phyllida Barlow is represented by Hauser & Wirth.

Phyllida Barlow: set – The Fruitmarket Gallery – until 18 October 2015