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untitled: venicecolumns (2016/17)

Phyllida Barlow

cement, hessian scrim, PVA, paint, plastic, plywood, polyurethane board, polystyrene, polyurethane foam, sand, spray paint, steel, tape, timber, wire mesh, wool

Leeds Art Gallery

© Phyllida Barlow Photo credit: Alex Delfanne





Cement, Hessian scrim, PVA, Paint, Plastic, Plywood, Polyurethane foam, Polystyrene, Sand, Spray paint, Steel, Tape, Timber, Wire mesh, Wool


178 x 203 x 163 cm


Presented by the Contemporary Art Society through its Special Partnership with the Henry Moore Foundation, supported by Cathy Wills, 2018/19

Ownership history:

Purchased from Hauser & Wirth, London, Bruton by the Contemporary Art Society through its Special Partnership with the Henry Moore Foundation, supported by Cathy Wills, 2019; presented to Leeds Art Gallery, 2019
untitled: venicecolumns; 2016-2017 is a table-top version of one part of folly: a collection of models for the seven giant, stacked columns that occupied the main space in her 2017 British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale commission. In this piece they are presented in the same materials – cement, concrete, hessian scrim, PVA, plywood, polyurethane foam – but in a studio scale, which recalls their origins in Barlow’s earlier and ongoing making practice.

The two sculptures acquired for Leeds Art Gallery are the first three-dimensional works by Barlow to enter their collection, although the Gallery holds a collection of fifteen works on paper that cover a large proportion of her career from the mid-1970s to the early 2000s. Barlow’s relationship with Yorkshire will also be reinforced through her role as the ‘provocateur’ for the first Yorkshire Sculpture International in 2019. The UK’s largest sculpture festival, YSI 2019 is a response to Barlow’s assertion that ‘sculpture is the most anthropological of the artforms’, and the free 100-day event will explore what it means to create sculpture today.

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