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Robert Barry

SELECTED WORKS
Untitled
2022
Acrylic and graphite on canvas

60 x 60 inches (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
Signed and dated “RB 22” lower right on reverse
(Inventory #34166)

INCOMPLETE
2021
Acrylic on wooden panel in two parts

Overall size: 24 x 37 inches (61 x 94 cm)
Initialed and dated on reverse of each panel
(Inventory #34154)

Turquoise Mirrorpiece
2020
Enameled and etched glass

Edition of 15
30 x 30 inches  (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
Signed and numbered
(Inventory #31686)

Untitled
2019
Etched black glass mirror in nine parts

Edition of 15
12 x 12 x 1 inches each (30.5 x 30.5 x 2.5 cm each)
Installation arrangement and installation dimensions are variable
Signed and numbered on accompanying certificate
(Inventory #30397)

Untitled
2019
Acrylic and graphite on paper

13 7/8 x 17 1/8 inches (35.2 x 43.5 cm)
Initialed and dated on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #33571)

Untitled
2014
Acrylic on paper

13 5/8 x 13 5/8 inches (34.6 x 34.6 cm)
Initialed and dated in corners on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #33572)

Something That Is Not What You Think It Is
2013
Metallic decal on paper

Paper size: 22 x 30 1/8 inches (55.9 x 76.5 cm)
Frame size: 24 3/4 x 32 7/8 inches (62.9 x 83.5 cm)
Initialed “RB 2013” on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #33573)

One Hundred Golden Circles
2011
Silkscreen with gold on paper

Edition of 100, AP
29 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches (75 x 75 cm)
Initialed, dated and numbered on reverse
(Inventory #34160)

Untitled
1994
Acrylic and graphite on paper

29 x 42 1/4 inches (73.7 x 107.3 cm)
Initialed and dated in corners on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #33576)

Two Wall Corner Piece
1984
Metallic vinyl on acrylic on two adjoining walls

Size variable, this installation:
106 x 137 inches (269 x 348 cm) and 106 x 186 inches (269 x 472 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on accompanying certificate
(Inventory #34972)

Untitled
1969
Graphite on graph paper

8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm)
Signed, dated and inscribed “Cord or wire installation” lower right in graphite
(Inventory #33578)

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Additional Information

Robert Barry is an American artist who currently lives and works in Teaneck, New Jersey. Since 1967, Barry has produced non-material works of art, installations, and performance art using a variety of otherwise invisible media. In 1968, Robert Barry is quoted as saying “Nothing seems to me the most potent thing in the world.”

Barry was born in 1936 and grew up in The Bronx. A graduate of Hunter College, he studied there under artists William Baziotes and Robert Motherwell, later going to the college’s faculty. Barry moved to Teaneck in1974.

Barry’s work focuses on escaping the previously known physical limits of the art object in order to express the unknown or unperceived. Consequently, Barry has explored a number of different avenues toward defining the usually unseen space around objects, rather than producing the objects themselves.

Major nonvisible works from his early period include Carrier Wave, in which Barry used the carrier waves of a radio station for a prescribed length of time “not as a means of transmitting information, but rather as object.” Radiation Piece, and Inert Gas Piece, in which Barry opened various containers of inert gases in different settings before groups of spectators, such as a canister of helium released in a desert.

Barry’s work has been shown in international events such as the Paris Biennale (1971), Documenta, Kassel (1972), and the Venice Biennale (1972). he is included in the permanent collections of renowned museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Musée National D’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Robert Barry

May 2, 2023
- June 10, 2023

Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), The Art Show 2022

November 3, 2022
- November 6, 2022

“Fragile” (online only)

November 12, 2020
- December 23, 2020

Featuring the works of Robert Barry, Jenny Holzer, Louise Lawler, Frank Poor, and Haim Steinbach

International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA), Fine Art Print Fair (online only) 2020

October 7, 2020
- November 1, 2020

Robert Barry

May 4, 2020
- June 13, 2020

One Wall, One Work: Robert Barry

September 21, 2019
- November 2, 2019

Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), The Art Show 2019

February 27, 2019
- March 3, 2019

Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), The Art Show 2018

February 27, 2018
- March 4, 2018

One Wall, One Work:
Robert Barry

September 16, 2017
- November 4, 2017

International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Art Fair, New York 2017

October 26, 2017
- October 29, 2017

Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) Art Show 2017