The Easel

Archives: Adrian Searle

14th March 2023

‘Going big suited her. Going very big’ – the uncontainable brilliance of sculptor Phyllida Barlow

Barlow, an art school professor, got her first major show a year after retirement. Kaboom – recognition, gallery representation and multiple honours! An obituary is here; the linked piece is more an appreciation. Mostly made from discarded building materials, her works “fold, they sprawl, they teeter, they slump and erupt. [They are] anti-monumental, for all their size, a wonderful parody of sculpture’s history of self-regarding masculinity, a burlesque of sculptural gravity.”