Thursday, January 22, 2015

Phyllida Barlow at Tate Britain

John and I loved Phyllida Barlow's installation, dock, in the central courtyard of the Tate Britain.
 We kept getting glimpses of dock throughout the galleries of British art that surround it.
It was the Tate Britain Commission for 2014 and Ms Barlow certainly delivered.
The piece seemed to be both monumental and in a state of collapse.
and at the same time gorgeous.
It was apparently inspired by the Tate Britain's location next to the River Thames.
Where do great site-specific works go after they've been shown?


  1. Fascinating!! I wonder where these monumental installations do end up? I found an article in The Guardian, here's a quote + the link to the full article.

    Up until recently, her sculptures were usually dismantled after her shows, the materials being recycled. This began as a completely practical notion, she says. "Where do I store this stuff? I don't want to hold onto it, I want to keep going and have a very mobile relationship with making sculpture." Since she started being represented by the gallery Hauser & Wirth a few years ago, her work has been sold, but she says this hasn't changed her relationship "with how it performs and how I make. It has just changed the destiny of these objects, and their destination."

    1. thoroughly sensible sensibility! admirable.

  2. I have learned a few new things as usual when I visit your blog!
    I especially like the photo of the unperturbed kids on the floor under the sculpture.
    Off to read about Ms Barlow.
    Lisa R-R

  3. fabulous exhibit thanks for a glimpse of the Tate.

  4. You're welcome, Potch. Thanks for stopping by.