Robert Barry (American, b.1936) is an artist who has made contributions to Conceptual Art since 1967. However, he is not comfortable with the term “Conceptual Art.” Barry was born in New York, NY. He studied fine arts as an undergraduate at the Hunter's College of the City University of New York, and graduated in 1963. He earned his MA from the same school.

In 1974, Barry moved to Teaneck, NJ. He gave up painting and made art making using invisible media his life's work. He has chosen to use media such as electromagnetic energy, ultrasonic radiation, and inert gases. He describes his art as affecting other things as much as it is affected by those things. Barry believes that it is something that often goes unnoticed but it can be presented. Additionally, he believes that to know about it is to be a part of that art. He later started to work with words, which he says he uses only to describe a situation that is not very visible; he aims to draw the viewer even closer. The artist has admitted to wanting the viewer to complete some of his pieces in which he presents part of a word.

Barry has proven himself to be a prolific artist. He has shown his work in numerous art exhibitions since his first solo exhibition at the Westerly Gallery in New York, NY, in 1964. In 2011 alone, he was part of 15 group exhibitions and had four solo exhibitions. Most of those exhibitions were in Europe. However, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY, exhibits a number of his works, and the Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery and the Galerie Yvon Lambert in New York, NY, have showcased his artwork. Barry’s major work includes the Carrier Wave, in which he focused on carrier waves of a radio station as an object, the Radiation Piece, and the Inert Gas piece. These works involved Barry opening bottles of inert gases in different settings before a group of spectators.

Timeline

Born New York City
B.F.A., M.A., Hunter College, The City University of New York

Exhibitions

2013
Robert Barry, Le Consortium, Dijon, France (solo)
2013
Robert Barry, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels (solo)
2012
Different times, different works, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy (solo)
2011
Robert Barry: Recent Mirrorpieces" Sperone Westwater, New York City, USA (solo)
2011
Golden Words Giacomo Guidi MG Art, Roma, Italy (solo)
2011
Troublesome Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, Neapel, Italy (solo)
2011
Silver Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2010
“Less Is More, Pictures, Objects, Concepts From The Collection And Archive of Herman and Nicole Daled”, 1966-1978, Haus der Kunst, Muncih
2010
“Portrait”, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles
2010
Words and Music, The Common Guild, Glasgow, Scotland(solo)
2010
Recent Works, Galerie Sfier Semler, Hamburg, Germany(solo)
2009
Word Lists, Yvon Lambert, Paris(solo)
2009
RB 62-08, Yvon Lambert, New York(solo)
2009
Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels(solo)
2009
“In and Out of Amsterdam: Art and Project Bulletin, 1986-1989,” MoMA, NY
2009
“Photography Is Not Art: The Sylvio Perlstein Collection,” Museo Communal d’Iuxelles, Brussels and Musee d’Art Modern et Contemporain, Strasbourg
2008
“Performa 07: A Spoken Word Exhibition”Swiss Institute, Contemporary Art, New York
2008
“Once upon a time”, Yvon Lambert, Paris
2008
Ritter/Zamet Gallery, London (solo)
2008
Works on Paper from the ‘70’s, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf(solo)
2007
“Learn to Read”, Tate Modern, London
2007
“Performa 07: A Spoken Word Exhibition”Swiss Institute, Contemporary Art, New York Curated by Mathieu Copeland
2007
New Multi-part Colored Mirrorpieces, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels (solo)
2007
Artists Books, Showcase Alfred Vandaele, Ghent (solo)
2007
Galerie Alfonso Artiaco, Naples (solo)
2006
Galerie Steinek, Vienna (inaugural exhibition) (solo)
2006
Some Times, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf, (solo)
2006
An Installation and a Video, Yvon Lambert, Le Studio, Paris (solo)
2006
New and Old Works, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg (solo)
2006
“Art Metropole: The Top 100”, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
2006
"Dedica 1986-2006, 20 Anni della Galleria Alfonso Artiaco”Pan Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Naples
2005
“What’s New Pussycat?”, Museum Für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany
2005
“Private View 1980-2000, Collection Pierre Huber”, Le Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Switzerland
2005
Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia (solo)
2005
25 Paintings and a Video, Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., New York (solo)
2005
Installation, Yvon Lambert Project Room, Paris (solo)
2005
Robert Barry and Jonathan Monk, Galerie Widmer, Zurich, Switzerland, (solo)
2005
Robert Barry and Sol LeWitt, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (solo)
2005
Diptych, a Window/ Wallpiece, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ (solo)
2004
Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2004
Old drawings – New Videos, Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2004
"A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958-1968,” The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2004
“ Minimal Artists Try to Make Something Look Like Nothing and Conceptual Artists Try Make Nothing Look Like Something, or Is It the Other Way Around?”, Yvon Lambert, New York, Curated by Jonathan Monk
2003
“Text-Works: Selections from the collection of Museion: Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bolzano”, Bologna Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, Italy
2003
A Place To Which, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany, Robert Barry, (solo)
2003
We Can Come, Works from 1963 to 1975, travels to Aargauer Kunsthaus. Aarau, Switzerland, 2004 (solo)
2002
Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2002
Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
2002
The Seventies: Art in Question”, CAPC, Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France
2001
“Art Express, Art Minimal and Conceptuel Américain, 1961-1971”, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCO), Geneva, Switzerland,
2001
Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany (solo)
2001
Early Works, 1966 – 1973, Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., New York (solo)
2001
McKinsey and Company, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2001
Expression, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2000
Reactions, Primo Piano, Rome, Italy (solo)
2000
Base: Progetti per L’Arte, Florence, Italy “Four Yellow Pieces” (solo)
2000
“La Collection de Photographie d’agnes b.”, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France
2000
“(E Così Via) (And So On) 99 Artisti della Collezioni Marzona”, Gallerie Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
2000
“Postmedia: Conceptual Photography in the Guggenheim Museum Collection”, Solomon R. “Postmedia: Conceptual Photography in the Guggenheim Museum Collection”, Solomon R.“Postmedia: Conceptual Photography in the Guggenheim Museum Collection”, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
1999
Auffrischender Wind aus wechselnden Richtungen, Sammlung Paul Maenz, Neues Museum Weimar Weimar, Germany
1999
Conceptual Art + Land Art 1969-1979, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer Düsseldorf
1999
Paintings 1988-1994 + Windowpiece 1996, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer Düsseldorf
1998
Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels (solo)
1998
The Artists of the Castelli Gallery 1957-1997. Forty Years of Exploraiton & Innovation, Leo Castelli Gallery New York
1998
Sans Titre a Dis Ans, La Musée d'Art Moderne de Lille Métropole Lille, France
1997
Le bel aujourd'hui, Le Nouveau Musée - Institut Frac Rhône-Alpes Villeurbanne, France
1997
13 Works and Artist's Book Galerie Meert-Rihoux, Brüssel, Belgium
1997
Book Works, London, UK
1997
Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis
1996
Dum Umeni Brno (Haus der Kunst), Brno, Czech Republik (solo)
1996
Galerie Steinek, Wien, Austria (solo)
1996
Foto Text Text Foto, Frankfurter Kunstverein Frankfurt
1995
1965-1875: Reconsidering the Object of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA
1995
Galerie Steinek, Wien, Austria (solo)
1995
Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
1995
Galerie Klemens Gasser, Köln, Germany (solo)
1995
Robert Barry and Heinz Gappmayr, Kunstraum Vienna
1995
Fellow Workers. Recent 'Portraits' from the Art World, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer Düsseldorf
1995
Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels (solo)
1994
Wallworks and New Pieces Galerie Art & Public, Genf, Switzerland (solo)
1994
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1994
Robert Barry, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1994
Wallworks and New Pieces Galerie Art & Public, Genf, Switzerland (solo)
1994
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1994
Robert Barry, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1994
Wallworks and New Pieces Galerie Art & Public, Genf, Switzerland (solo)
1994
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1994
Robert Barry, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1994
Wallworks and New Pieces Galerie Art & Public, Genf, Switzerland (solo)
1994
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1994
Robert Barry, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1993
Galerie Steinek, Wien, Austria (solo)
1993
Drawings Waßermann Galerie, München, Germany (solo)
1992
Art & Project / Van Krimpen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1992
Galerie Klemens Gasser, Bolzano, Italy (solo)
1992
Wallpiece and New Works, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
1992
Robert Barry. Photo Drawings Galleria Ugo Ferranti, Rome, Italy (solo)
1992
Wallpiece and New Works, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer Düsseldorf
1991
Le Consortium Dijon, France
1991
Galerie Pierre Huber, Genf, Switzerland (solo)
1991
Galerie Foksal, Warschau, Poland (solo)
1991
Details from 'not intended. A New Projection Holly Solomon Gallery, New York City
1991
Le Consortium, Dijon, France (solo)
1991
Galeria 57, Madrid, Spain (solo)
1991
Galleria Ugo Ferranti, Rome, Italy (solo)
1991
Diptychs. New Works on Paper Galerie Waßermann, Köln, Germany (solo)
1990
Words, Space, Sound, Time Haags Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, Netherlands (solo)
1990
Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1990
Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy (solo)
1990
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
1990
Salama-Caro Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1990
Works 1967-1990 Galerie Meert-Rihoux, Brüssel, Belgium (solo)
1990
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1990
Haags Gemeentemuseum The Hague
1990
Galleria Massimo Minini Brescia
1990
Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels (solo)
1989
Magazine, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France (solo)
1989
Robert Barry: Lavori su Carta 1975-1989 Galleria Ugo Ferranti, Rome, Italy (solo)
1989
Thomas Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
1989
Delfryd Celf Gallery, Wales, UK (solo)
1989
Julian Pretto Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1989
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1989
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1989
Roy Boyd Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
1989
Robert Barry. Works from 1967-1976" Julian Pretto Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1989
Musée Saint Pierre, Art Contemporain, Lyon, France (solo)
1988
Sperone-Westwater Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1988
Soundpiece Variations Nr.3 - september 1987" Galerie Meert-Rihoux, Brüssel, Belgium (solo)
1988
The Art Cologne Wallpiece" Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln, Germany (solo)
1988
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1988
Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1988
Galerie Waßermann + edition e, München, Germany (solo)
1988
Delfryd Celf Gallery, Wales, UK (solo)
1987
Robert Barry & Lawrence Weiner Galleria Christian Stein, Turin, Italy (solo)
1987
Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln, Germany (solo)
1987
Galerie Ghislaine Mollet-Vieville, Paris, France (solo)
1987
Delfryd Celf Gallery, Wales, UK (solo)
1987
Julian Pretto Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1987
Galleria Primo Piano, Rome, Italy (solo)
1987
Robert Barry & Lawrence Weiner Galleria Christian Stein, Turin, Italy (solo)
1987
Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln, Germany (solo)
1987
Galerie Ghislaine Mollet-Vieville, Paris, France (solo)
1987
Delfryd Celf Gallery, Wales, UK (solo)
1987
Julian Pretto Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1987
Galleria Primo Piano, Rome, Italy (solo)
1986
Robert Barry & Peter Downsbrough Le Consortium, Dijon, France (solo)
1986
Closed Gallery & Marcuse Piece Delfryd Celf Gallery, Lloyds Bank, Wales, UK (solo)
1986
Robert Barry & Peter Downsbrough Le Consortium, Dijon, France (solo)
1986
Closed Gallery & Marcuse Piece Delfryd Celf Gallery, Lloyds Bank, Wales, UK (solo)
1985
The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA (solo)
1985
The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA (solo)
1984
Robert Barry: Wallpiece Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1984
Robert Barry: Wallpiece Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1984
David Bellman Gallery, Toronto, Ontario / Kanada (solo)
1983
Galerie L'Hermitte, Coutances, France (solo)
1983
Galleria Locus Solus, Genua, Italy (solo)
1983
Galleria Francoise Lambert, Mailand, Italy (solo)
1983
Art & Project, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1983
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1982
Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco, USA (solo)
1982
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (solo)
1982
Robert Barry: Graphik und Installationen Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany (solo)
1981
Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1981
de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France (solo)
1981
Robert Barry: dessins CAPC - Centre d'Arts Plastiques Contemporains
1981
Art & Project, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1981
All the Time Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1980
1-80 Series: Robert Barry Joselyn Art Museum, Omaha / Nebraska, USA (solo)
1980
Fêtes Musicales de la Saint-Baume, Saint-Baume / France (solo)
1980
Robert Barry. Colour Drawings Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln, Germany (solo)
1980
Banco Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy (solo)
1980
Wallpiece Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1979
Again & Again" Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1979
Galerie Rolf Preisig, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
1979
Robert Barry: New Drawings" Galleria Francoise Lambert, Mailand, Italy (solo)
1979
Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln, Germany (solo)
1978
Fine Arts Gallery, University of Colorado, Museum, Boulder, USA (solo)
1978
Robert Barry: Prints, Drawings and Publications 1968-1978
1978
Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco / California, USA (solo)
1978
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (solo)
1978
Galerie MTL, Brüssel, Belgium (solo)
1978
A Wall Drawing Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1977
Almost Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln, Germany (solo)
1977
Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1977
Projectionen und Zeichnungen" Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven und Museum Folkwang, Essen (solo)
1977
Unless Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, München, Germany (solo)
1977
Endless Celebrations Robert Self Ltd., London, UK (solo)
1976
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1976
Portrait, Part II P.S.I., Long Island City / New York, USA (solo)
1976
Portrait, Part I Julian Pretto Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1976
Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln, Germany (solo)
1976
Galerie Rolf Preisig, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
1976
Robert Barry, bulletin 97 Art & Project, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1976
Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy (solo)
1975
Cusack Gallery, Houston / Texas, USA (solo)
1975
GalerIe Paul Maenz, Köln, Germany (solo)
1975
Gian Enzo Sperone Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1974
Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1974
Rhode Islands School of Design, Providence / Rhode Island, USA (solo)
1974
Robert Barry Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1974
Galerie Rolf Preisig, Basel (solo)
1974
Art & Project, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1974
Galerie MTL, Brüssel, Belgium (solo)
1974
Galleria Sperone, Turin, Italy (solo)
1974
Robert Barry Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland (solo)
1974
Jack Wendler Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1974
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1974
Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln, Germany (solo)
1973
Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Germany (solo)
1973
Jack Wendler Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1973
Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone & Konrad Fischer, Rome, Italy (solo)
1973
Invitation Piece Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln, Germany (solo)
1973
Invitation Piece Galleria Sperone, Turin, Italy (solo)
1973
Invitation Piece Galleria Toselli, Mailand, Italy (solo)
1973
Invitation Piece Galerie MTL, Brüssel, Belgium (solo)
1973
Invitation Piece Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1973
Galerie Foksal, Warschau, Poland (solo)
1973
Invitation Piece Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1972
Invitation Piece Jack Wendler Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1972
Invitation Piece Art & Project, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1972
Tate Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1972
Slidepieces 1971-72, bulletin 51 Art & Project, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1972
Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln, Germany (solo)
1972
Galleria Toselli, Mailand, Italy (solo)
1972
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1971
Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1971
Robert Barry presents three shows and a review by Lucy R. Lippard
1971
Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
1971
Eugenia Butler Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
1971
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
1971
10.4.71, bulletin 37 Art & Project, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1971
Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln, Germany (solo)
1970
Marcuse Piece Galleria Sperone, Turin, Italy (solo)
1970
Closed Gallery Piece Eugenia Butler Gallery, Los Angeles / California, USA (solo)
1969
Closed Gallery Piece Galleria Sperone, Turin, Italy (solo)
1969
Closed Gallery Piece, bulletin 17 Art & Project, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1969
Seth Siegelaub, Los Angeles / California, USA (solo)
1964
Westerly Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)

Public Collections

The New York Public Library, New York
The Seagram Collection, New York
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford
Connecticut, Baltimore Museum Of Art, Baltimore
Museum Of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
Museum für Moderne Kunst , Frankfurt
Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Musée Saint Pière, Lyon
Museum Ludwig
Sammlung Ludwig Cologne
Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig Vienna
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent
National Gallery of Art Washington, DC
Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y
Australien National Gallery, Canberra
Chase Manhatten Bank, New York
Collezione Panza Di Biumo, Varese
Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld
Kunstmuseum Basel
Musèe D’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Toronto
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Musée Royoux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels