Untitled: Disaster III

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Phyllida Barlow is a central figure in the development of contemporary British sculpture. Her work questions traditional ideas of what sculpture can be and reflects a particular direction in contemporary sculpture, one concerned with urban detritus, waste, recycling and a kind of ‘anti-form’. She uses cheap, ‘low-grade’, industrial materials such as cement, sealant, bonding plaster and spray paint, to create fragile sculptures that rest precariously in the world. Their sense of impermanence is in stark contrast to the solid sculptures and monuments in bronze or stone we may find in parks and public spaces. The appearance of Barlow’s work conveys the urgency with which it is produced and Barlow’s skill in making materials articulate space.

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries



Untitled: Disaster III




plywood, wadding, fabrics, wire netting, polystyrene, cardboard, scrim, cement, bonding plaster, sealant, dust, paint, spray-paint & casters


H 81 x W 110 x D 80 cm

Accession number

NCMG 2012-44/1

Acquisition method

purchased from the Contemporary Art Society Acquisitions Scheme, 2012

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