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Robert Barry (American, 1936-)


Robert Barry has been a leading proponent of conceptual art since the 1960s, often using fragments of language in order to prompt the viewer to take an active role in connecting the phrases and generating a multiplicity of meanings from them. His works on paper serve as provocative abstract compositions, and are also frequently conceived as preparatory sketches for larger murals, in which the viewer becomes surrounded by his constellations of words.

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, New York; given to the National Gallery of Art probably 1991-1992; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2008 through the national gift program The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, organized by the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Object Information

artist
Robert Barry (American, 1936-)
creation date
1978
materials
watercolor, silver paint, and graphite on coated paper
dimensions
22 1/8 x 22 1/2 in.
accession number
2008.283
credit line
Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
copyright
© Robert Barry
collection
Contemporary Art
colors