No. 593: Phyllida Barlow

Episode No. 593 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast remembers artist Phyllida Barlow.

Barlow died this week. She was 78.

Barlow came from an illustrious British family, one thick with Huxleys and Wedgwoods, a royal physician, and one particularly famous Darwin. Instead of joining a parade of ancestors within the British establishment, she devoted her life and career to questioning, upturning, and reinventing. Her chosen profession was teaching, at University College London’s Slade School of Fine Art, and sculpting, a medium which she seemed to reject and change in equal measure. She represented Britain in the Venice Biennale, and had had solo shows in at museums in Nuremberg, West Palm Beach, Des Moines, Munich, and Zurich, and in London at the Tate and the Royal Academy. Her first US shows were in Dallas, in 2003 and 2005.

This week’s episode features Barlow’s two visits to The MAN Podcast: in 2013 on the occasion of the Carnegie International (in which Barlow was the breakout star); and in 2015 when Barlow installed a spectacular solo exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.

Air date: March 16, 2023.

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