Nairy Baghramian and Phyllida Barlow

The Serpentine Gallery in London presents Nairy Bagrhamian and Phyllida Barlow.  The exhibition features new and recent work by two contemporary artists exhibited together for the first time.  The Serpentine Gallery suggests Baghramian and Barlow represent ‘two positions on sculpture in the 21st century’.  The pairing of the two artists offers new insight into their respective sculptural practices.

Baghramian and Barlow’s work is displayed separately, in solo rooms, and also in deliberate dialogue.  While offering different approaches, both artists are inspired by the gallery context and capitalize on characteristics of the space.  Their large-scale installations are often in arranged in tension and certainly inhabit the space of the gallery visitor.  For all of these characteristics, the installation demands a physical viewing experience.

Nairy Baghramian was born in Iran.  She now lives and works in Berlin and is represented by Galerie Daniel Buchholz.  She is known for photography in addition to her sculptural and installation work.  Baghramian is inspired by politics and literature as well as the legacies of minimalism, design and modern architecture.  She often engages with context, institutional framing and the production and reception of contemporary art.

Phyllida Barlow lives and works in London.  She graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art where she has served as professor for some time.  Barlow’s work utilizes mass produced materials that she typically combines on-site and later recycles.  Her sculptural work is often realized in the large-scale, installation environment.

Nairy Baghramian and Phyllida Barlow is on view at the Serpentine Gallery from 8 May through 13 June 2010.