Phyllida Barlow was born in 1944 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and currently lives and works in London. In the late 1960s, Barlow began teaching at the Slade School of Fine Artas Professor of Fine Art where she instructed such notable artists as Rachel Whiteread, Tacita Dean and Douglas Gordon. In 2009, she retired from teaching in order to focus on her own work, and was later selected a Royal Academician in 2011.
Since retiring from teaching, Barlow has mounted a number of highly acclaimed, daring exhibitions of monumental sculpture. Her recent solo exhibition dock, a Tate Duveen Commission in London (2014), was called “in every way tremendous” by critic Adrian Searle of The Guardian. Other solo exhibitions include: ‘HOARD’, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; ‘Scree’, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines IA (2013); Phyllida Barlow: siege, New Museum, New York, NY (2012); BRINK, Ludwig Forum, Aachen,Germany...(2012); Phyllida Barlow: Bad Copies, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England (2012); Cast, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany (2011); STREET, BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (2010); and in 2010 she was in the critically acclaimed two person show at the Serpentine Gallery, London, England with Nairy Baghramian. Recent group shows include 2013 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2013); La Biennale di Venezia, 55th International Art Exhibition: The Encyclopedic Palace, Venice, Italy (2013); The Best of Times, The Worst of Times – Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, The First International Kiev Biennale, Kiev, Ukraine (2012); Sculptural Acts, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2011); Displaced Fractures, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland (2010).
In 2012, Barlow received the Aachen Art Prize and the “Award for the Most Significant Contribution to the Development of Contemporary Art” at The First International Kiev Biennale, Kiev, Ukraine.
This year, Barlow will unveil new work in solo exhibitions at the Nasher Sculpture Center, opening in May 2015, and at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh in July 2015.