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Alvaro Barrington

Alvaro Barrington (b. 1983, Caracas, Venezuela) paints vivid abstractions that consider the cultural production of subjects ranging from Hibiscus flowers to the life of Marcus Garvey. Raised between Brooklyn and the Caribbean, Barrington utilizes cross-disciplinary materials and crafts that often reference his childhood, including the sewing of his Grenadian aunts. In his early work Barrington experimented with “copying” artists like Willem de Kooning, Henry Taylor, and Howard Hodgkin. The influence of such artists, whose work Barrington highlighted in a 2019 show he curated entitled Artists I Steal From at Galerie Thaddeus Ropac in London, can be felt in the bold, gestural quality of his compositions. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris (2021); Corvi-Mora, London (2020); Sadie Coles, London (2019); Emalin, London (2019); Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London (2018); Emalin, London (2018); and MoMA PS1, New York (2017).

Single work, Alvaro Barrington

Born in 1983, Caracas, Venezuela

Lives and works in London

EDUCATION

2017

MFA, The Slade School of Art, London

2013

Hunter College, New York

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2021

Nicola Vasseli, New York (forthcoming)

Emalin, London (forthcoming)

Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, You don’t do it for the man, men never notice. You just do it for yourself, you’re the fucking coldest

2020

Corvi-Mora, London, Garvey 2- They eyes were watching God

2019

Sadie Coles HQ, London, GARVEY: SEX LOVE NURTURING FAMALAY

Emalin, London, Tt X AB: Tall Boys & A Double Shot Espresso

2018

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, A Taste of Chocolate

Emalin, London, CONDO/Alvaro Barrington,

2017

MoMA PS1, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021

Abattoir, Cleveland, The Dead Don’t Die (forthcoming)

Anton Kern Gallery, New York, 11

2020

Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, London, A Focus on Painting

MAMOTH, London, after image

Independent Art Fair, New York, Alvaro Barrington, Dike Blair, Marley Freeman, Zenzaburo Kojima

Mendes Wood DM, New York, Landscapes of the South

Zabludowicz Collection, London, No horizon, no edge to liquid

Gladstone, New York, Drawing 2020

The Drawing Center, New York, 100 Drawings from Now

2019

Miami, Go to Heaven

Ca’Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Venice, Breathless / London Art Now

Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario, Material Tells

LOYAL, Stockholm, A Seed’s a Star

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, Artists I Steal From, curated by Alvaro Barrington and Julia Peyton-Jones

2018

Mendes Wood DM, New York, Natura Naturans

Halsey McKay, East Hampton, New York, Hog’s Curve

PS120, Berlin, The Way Things Run (Der Lauf der Dinge) Part 1: Loose Ends Don’t Tie

Slade School of Fine Art, London, Widening the Gaze

2017

Rental Gallery, East Hampton, New York, Woven

Cass Sculpture Foundation, West Sussex, United Kingdom, The Sleeping Procession

PUBLICATIONS

2020

Alvaro Barrington, Dike Blair, Marley Freeman, Zenzaburo Kojima
Karma, New York
54 pages, softcover
11 × 8 1/2 inches
Edition of 500

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