Phyllida Barlow Challenges the Conventions of Sculpture in “Glimpse”

Since its opening six years ago, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles has become a premier space to witness large-scale art installations. Whether it be Nicolas Party’s enchanting 2020 “Sottobosco” exhibition or Lygia Pape’s brooding “Tupinambá” series which went on view last year.

No less captivating is a new sculptural exhibition currently on view by British artist, Phyllida Barlow. In “glimpse,” the artist’s first solo show in LA, Barlow presents a new set of site-specific sculptures that breathe new life in the historic Globe Mills warehouse. By utilizing a humble set of materials, including cardboard, fabric, plywood, and cement, Barlow challenges the tradition of sculpture and invites the audience to walk around and under the towering installations — some of which appear like mythic stones, others similar to a massive dinosaur fossil.

For the past 50 years, Barlow has built a career of anti-monumental installations that can be seen as both playful and menacing. Each invented form is humble in its presentation of process and materials, challenging the viewer to reconnect with the object, along with the gallery space and the world in which we occupy. “glimpse” is on view at Hauser & Wirth LA until May 8.

In case you missed it, Inès Longevial presents “World on Paper” at Ketabi Projects.

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