Phyllida Barlow: Cul De Sac

The Royal Academy's new show Cul De Sac shines a light on the edgy, site specific installations of Royal Academician Phyllida Barlow. Peter Gray reports.

Phyllida Barlow at the Royal Academy

Royal Academician Phyllida Barlow brings her unique brand of monumental sculpture to the Royal Academy this February for a new show.

Cul-de-sac will give newcomers to the British artist a chance to get acquainted with Barlow, who is best known for using materials such as plaster, cardboard and cement in her work.

Consisting entirely of new sculptures by the artist, the show will challenge and interrogate the space, with the title of the exhibition referring to the layout of the work.

Just like a geographic cul de sac, the exhibition offers visitors only one way in and out, forcing the viewer to confront his or her own sense of spatial geography.

Phyllida Barlow was born in Newcastle to a family of intellectuals. Her father was the distinguished psychiatrist Erasmus Darwin Barlow, a great-grandson of Charles Darwin.

Barlow would go on to study at Chelsea College of Art and then the Slade School of Art. After graduating from the latter, the aspiring artist decided to take up a full time position with the institution. Thus began a forty year career in teaching.

During her period as a teacher, Barlow played a key role in inspiring some of the biggest names in British art, included Turner prize winning artists Rachel Whiteread and Angela de la Cruz.

In 2011 the artist was elected a Royal Academician and in 2015 Barlow was awarded the CBE. The sculptor has since gone on to represent Great Britain at the Venice Biennale.

Barlow’s best-known works include a Tate Britain Commission in 2014, and her critically acclaimed installation for the aforementioned Venice Biennale.

Phyllida Barlow: Cul De Sac will open at the Royal Academy on the 23rd of February 2019. The show will continue until the 23 June 2019.

More information about the exhibition can be found here.

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