Alvaro Barrington: Artists I Steal From




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, Agnes Martin, Chris Martin, Todd McFarlane, 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). Artists I Steal From brings together works by 49 artists, some of whom have never been shown in the UK before, some who are considered to be among the greatest artists of our time. All have directly influenced the way Barrington creates, thinks and sees, and all have perfected techniques or solutions that he has been inspired to ‘steal’.

“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, since it has opened up a whole world for me and introduced me to new possibilities within my own painting.”

Alvaro Barrington

In revealing his sources, Barrington renders us uniquely privy to his inner thought processes. With works dating from the early twentieth century to those conceived especially for the show, Barrington isolates and highlights specific concerns or visual tools from the myriad elements that shape each artists’ practice, unpicking the logic through which they are working, and pinpointing the unique, at times surprising ways in which they have informed or inspired his thinking. This allows us to (re-)connect with the artists and works on display, and to look at the world in a different way.

Duration 05 June 2019 - 09 August 2019
Times Tuesday–Saturday: 10am–6pm
Cost Free
Venue Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Address Ely House, 37 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NJ
Contact 4402038138400 / polly.gaer@ropac.net / www.ropac.net

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