Prints and Drawings
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
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Artist: Robert Barry, American, born 1936



Black and blue ink on paper

Sheet: 31.8 x 31.8 cm (12 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.)
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute for Museum and Library Services

From the exhibition Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery:

This drawing and another from the previous year (2009.67.3) are the first works by Robert Barry to enter the Gallery’s collection. Barry is well known for conceptual works that challenge the notion of art as object. His art has consistently displayed a preoccupation with the spaces of art, beginning with his 1960s wall paintings and continuing with his text-based installations. The Vogels’ drawings by Barry illustrate the artist’s interest in language, which has become one of his principal concerns. Here, the decontextualized words invite the viewer to find meaning through free association.

20th century
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors
By appointment

“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 172.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.