Kouros Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by the established American artist, Bill Barrett. The artist’s sixth one-person show at Kouros will encompass the first and second floor galleries.
Part of the classical tradition of American modernism, where clarity of form and firmness of structure are coupled with the curvilinear, Barrett’s influences have come from two-dimensional art: expressionism, Asian calligraphy and surrealism. His work is sensual and intuitive rather than ruled by an imposed logic. Primarily known as a sculptor, Barrett is also a prolific painter, and this exhibition is a rare opportunity to view the harmony between bronze and canvas as well as the complementary nature of their aesthetic concepts.
In Bill Barrett, Evolution of a Sculptor, Philip Palmedo observes that Barrett’s four plus decades of refining his technique
- to the point where technique could disappear - were as much about his positive psychological outlook as opposed to mere object making. As a fresh-faced boy from Michigan who threw himself into the burgeoning New York art scene in the late 1960, Barrett weathered many personal tragedies by dedicating himself to his particular vision, and though it all, his expressive freedom guided him to produce works of verve, grace and distinction.
Barrett has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, including exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Grounds for Sculpture. His works are included in over 50 museum, university and corporate collections, including: The Cleveland Museum of Art; the Sydney Lewis Collection in Virginia Beach; the Patrick Lannan Collection in Palm Beach; the Rockefeller Realty Corporation in San Francisco; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York; and the University of Michigan Museum, Ann Arbor, among many other notable institutions.