Barry X Ball (b. 1955, USA) works with figurative sculpture, resurrecting the age-old Renaissance traditions through the use of unconventional materials and methods. Ball employs a complex amalgamation of equipment and techniques to make his sculptures come to life, ranging from the cutting edge to the traditional, from three-dimensional digital scanning and printing, virtual modelling, and computer-controlled milling to hyper-detailed hand carving and polishing. His works pay homage to their historical antecedents yet are entirely new and contemporary.

The artist’s impressive sculptures exhibit both intense energy and surreal stillness, making a powerful argument for the reevaluation of modern sculptural techniques. Recreating iconic art-historical pieces, Ball seeks to raise questions about casting and the role of authorship in sculpture. He currently lives and works in New York.

Selected Exhibitions

Castello Sforzesco / Museum of Ancient Art, Italy; Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art, Italy; Mnuchin Gallery, USA; Nasher Sculpture Center, USA; Palazzo Mansi branch of the Lucca National Museums, Italy; 54th Venice Biennale, Italy; GAM, Italy; Robilant + Voena Gallery, Netherlands; McCabe Fine Art, Sweden; Apalazzo Gallery, Italy; Galerie Nathalie Obadia, France; 100 Tonson Gallery, Thailand; Frieze Art Fair, South Korea; TEFAF, Netherlands; Art Basel, Switzerland.

Selected Collections

Hammer Museum, USA; The Norton Museum of Art, UK; The Maramotti Collection, Italy; Le Fonds régional d’art contemporain Bretagne, France; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden; Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Switzerland; Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA; The Olbricht Collection, Germany; The Panza Collection, USA.


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