Robert Barry was born in 1936 in New York and currently lives and works in New Jersey. Along with Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Kosuth and Douglas Huebler, he belongs to the first generation of artists to work with conceptual art. From the end of the 1960s, Barry explored the limits of the materiality and visibility of a work of art, asking questions about its presence in time and space. This reflection on the dematerialization of the work of art culminated in the famous episode in 1969, when the galleries that were meant to host three of his exhibitions announced their closure at the request of the artist. If in his early work, he favoured almost intangible media (ultrasound and magnetism), recently Barry has moved closer to traditional techniques such as painting and photography.
Exhibitions of Robert Barry’s work have been held at the Alfonso Artiaco gallery, Naples (2014), the Greta Meert, Brussels (2013) and Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (2012). The work It is (2003) was shown at Punta della Dogana in the exhibition “Prima Materia” (2013-15).