Curated by Alvaro Barrington with Julia Peyton-Jones
Artists have always borrowed from one another, however rarely do they reveal their sources – whom they steal from or why-Alvaro Barrington
Etel Adnan, Emma Amos, Janine Antoni, Amelia Barratt, Alvaro Barrington, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Joe Bradley, Lisa Brice, Derrick Alexis Coard, Robert Colescott, Thornton Dial, Louise Fishman, Gerasimos Floratos, Denzil Forrester, Katharina Grosse, Philip Guston, Charline von Heyl, Howard Hodgkin, Allison Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Raoul de Keyser, Willem de Kooning, Jacob Lawrence, Chris Martin, Archibald J. Motley Jr., Elizabeth Murray, Laura Owens, Elizabeth Peyton, André Pierre, Simonette Quamina, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Ryman, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Trevor Shimizu, Malick Sidibé, Amy Sillman, Mary T. Smith, Henry Taylor, Bob Thompson, Cy Twombly, Nari Ward, Andy Warhol, Issy Wood and Purvis Young.
Artists I Steal From is an exhibition about looking at art through the eyes of an artist.
Artists have always borrowed from one another, however, few are as candid about their sources – about who they steal from and why – as the artist Alvaro Barrington (b. 1983, Caracas, Venezuela). The summer exhibition at Thaddaeus Ropac London brings together works by over 40 artists, some of whom have never been shown in the UK, some who are considered to be the greatest artists of our time, all of whom have directly influenced the way Barrington creates, thinks and sees.
Artists always look at how other artists have solved the problems they are wrestling with, or have achieved the results they aspire to. The artists in this exhibition are those I look to, and steal from. It’s the particular inventiveness of their practice that fascinates me, as it has opened up a whole world for me and introduced me to new possibilities within my own painting. With Artists I Steal From I want to make people feel like they are having a conversation with the artworks, reflecting the conversation I am having with the artists.
It’s an incredible window on the world, to see through the eyes of an artist, which is why one is inspired, informed and reconnected to oneself when looking at a great work of art. All artists steal from each other, but they don’t usually admit to it, nor do they reveal their sources. With this exhibition Alvaro lays bare his thinking: what he is looking at as well as what informs and educates him, which is usually a private process.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1983, Alvaro Barrington spent the first eight years of his childhood living with his grandmother in Grenada. Graduating with a BFA from Hunter College in New York before completing an MA at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, Barrington’s first solo museum exhibition was at MoMA PS1 in 2017. The following year, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London presented his solo show, A Taste of Chocolate, curated by Norman Rosenthal. Barrington lives and works in New York. Drawing on his formative experiences, Barrington uses materials and techniques that connect to his personal and cultural history, such as the burlap fabric used to carry cacao beans and sewn yarn that references his Grenadian aunts’ sewing. Barrington’s family and others close to him inform his practice as much as the subject matter of hibiscus flowers and other vegetation inspired by the Caribbean that populate his richly textural paintings.
Read The Art Newspaper’s review here.Installation view, Artists I Steal From, curated by Alvaro Barrington and Julia Peyton-Jones, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, 5th June – 9th August 2019. Copyright the artists, courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, Paris, Salzburg. Photo: Ben Westoby
Agnes Martin, Spring, 1965. Oil and pencil on canvas. Painting: 30.48 x 30.48 cm (12 x 12 in) Collection of J&M Donnelly © Agnes Martin / Collection of J&M Donnelly / DACS 2019. Photo: Richard Ivey
Joseph Beuys, Okologie und Sozialismus (Ecology and Socialism), 1980. Chalk, blackboard, tray and metal stand. Overall: 189.9 x 138.4 x 61 cm (74.76 x 54.49 x 24.02 in) Blackboard: 99.7 x 128.9 cm (39.25 x 50.75 in). Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac © 2019 Estate of Joseph Beuys/DACS 2019. Photo: Tom Carter
Amy Sillman, SK73, 2019. Acrylic, ink, and silkscreen on paper 101.6 x 66 cm (40 x 25.98 in) Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. Photo: John Berens © Amy Sillman
Nari Ward, Anchoring Escapement; Mahogany Ithaca, 2018. Grandfather clock case, copper sheet with patina, copper nails, and African copper nails, and African statues 218.4 x 50.8 x 30.5 cm (85.98 x 20 x 12.01 in) Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul © Nari Ward. Photo: Matthew Hermann
Louise Bourgeois, Janus in Leather Jacket, 1968. Bronze, dark and polished patina, hanging piece 30.5 x 55.9 x 16.5 cm (12.01 x 22.01 x 6.5 in) Private Collection; Courtesy Hauser & Wirth © The Easton Foundation/VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2019
Raoul de Keyser, Maquette for Construct, 2007. Oil on canvas 30 x 40 cm (11.81 x 15.75 in) © Raoul De Keyser / 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Belgium. Courtesy Raoul De Keyser and David Zwirner. Photo: Peter Cox
Thornton Dial, Stars of Everything, 2004. Paint cans, plastic cans, spray paint cans, clothing, wood, steel, carpet, Plastic straws, rope, oil, enamel, spray paint, and Splash Zone compound and Splash Zone compound on canvas on wood 254 x 261.6 x 58.4 cm (100 x 103 x 23 in) Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation © Thornton Dial. Image © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2019
Georg Baselitz, Drei Streifen Mantel (Remix), 2007. Oil on canvas 300 x 250 cm (118.11 x 98.43 in) Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac © Georg Baselitz 2019. Photo: Jochen Littkemann
Simonette Quamina, Sing a Song my little Kiskadee, 2018. Graphite, relief print, collaged on paper 160 x 121.9 cm (63 x 48 in) © Simonette Quamina. Photo: Pablo Enriquez Courtesy of the artist
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Self Portrait, 1983. Oil on paper and wood 91.5 x 61 cm (36.0 x 24.0 in) Collection Thaddaeus Ropac © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019. Collection Thaddaeus Ropac. Photo: Stephen White
Derrick Alexis Coard, The Cold Cruel Winter (Keep Ya Head Up), 2014. Graphite on paper 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22 x 18 in) Courtesy of the estate of Derrick Alexis Coard and White Columns, NY © Derrick Alexis Coard
Robert Rauschenberg, Red Crawler Glut, 1987. Assembled metal, with fabric cord and strap 62.2 x 154.9 x 58.4 cm (24.5 x 61 x 23 in) Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2019. Photo: Ulrich Ghezzi
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2019. Digital print on silk 290 x 600 cm (114.17 x 236.22 in) Ed. of 3 + 1 AP. Courtesy Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019 © Katharina Grosse and DACS 2019
Andy Warhol, Statue of Liberty, 1986. Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas 183 x 183 cm (72 x 72 in) Collection Thaddaeus Ropac © Andy Warhol, Image © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by DACS, London, collection Thaddaeus Ropac
Robert Ryman, Untitled, 1974. Gloss paint on PVC 34 x 34 cm (13.39 x 13.39 in) Collection Thaddaeus Ropac © Robert Ryman / DACS, London 2019, Collection Thaddaeus Ropac. Photo: Stephen White, London
Louise Fishman, Mondrian's Grave, 2018. Oil on linen 279.4 x 177.8 cm (110 x 70 in) Louise Fishman. Courtesy of the artist © 2019 Louise Fishman. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Jason Mandella
Robert Colescott, Texas Chili, 1976. Acrylic on canvas with wooden cutouts. Overall: 266.1 x 259.1 x 5.1 cm (104.76 x 102.01 x 2.01 in) Private Collection © Robert Colescott. Image © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2019
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