Phyllida Barlow

pointer, 2020


Phyllida Barlow
pointer, 2020
16 colour silkscreen
42 cm x 56 cm (unframed)
Edition of 80, signed and numbered by the artist 

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About the edition 

Studio Voltaire is pleased to launch an exclusive new print edition by Phyllida Barlow CBE RA. 

This special fundraising edition will support a major forthcoming commission by Barlow as part of Studio Voltaire elsewhere. Picturing an anomalous, vibrantly coloured structure, the edition is based on a drawing produced just prior to Barlow’s major solo exhibition cul–de–sac at the Royal Academy in 2019. 

Barlow often describes sculptures as "dumb and silent and still" – even a nuisance, as a viewer must walk all the way around it.  The same could be said for a street barrier, which Barlow frequently references in her sculptural installations and works on paper. 

pointer shows a marked change in the barrier, now on tall stilts and surrounded by its shadow. One can see the comparison to several sculptures in cul–de–sac, such as 'untitled:blocksonstilts;2018-2019' which featured three enormous white blocks, precariously perched atop wooden stilts, as if caught there after a high tide.  Similarly, the lintel in 'untitled:lintel;2018-2019' has a dramatic shadow, rendered in cement. As in this new edition, Barlow has given form to the elusive shadow, with a composition and permanence all its own. 

Barlow’s work is internationally celebrated, and major exhibitions have been staged at Tate Britain (2014); Nasher Sculpture Center (2015); Kunsthalle Zürich (2016); Henry Moore Institute (2019) and at the Venice Biennale, where she represented Britain in 2017. In 2010, Studio Voltaire commissioned Barlow’s solo exhibition BLUFF.

For Studio Voltaire elsewhere, Barlow is producing an ambitious new public installation which will be sited within the partially ruined and open–aired rotunda of The Anglican Chapel in Nunhead Cemetery, South East London. This major new commission promises extraordinary and unexpected encounters with Barlow’s sculptures in a distinctive and one of a kind setting. Studio Voltaire elsewhere is an extended programme of offsite projects while we undertake The Studio Voltaire Capital Project. Find out more here.

With special thanks to the artist and Hauser & Wirth.


Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.