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

GAM, Milano (2023); McCabe Fine Art, Sweden (2023); Robilant + Voena Gallery, Maastricht (2023); Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas (2020); Apalazzo Gallery, Italy (2022); Mnuchin Gallery, New York (2019); Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art, Venice (2019); Castello Sforzesco / Museum of Ancient Art, Milan (2018); 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok (2015); McCabe Fine Art, Sweden (2014); Palazzo Mansi branch of the Lucca National Museums, Italy (2012); Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris (2012); Frieze Art Fair, Seoul, South Korea (2022); TEFAF, Maastricht (2022); Art Basel, Basel (2021); 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011)

Selected Collections

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California; 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, San Francisco, California; The Olbricht Collection, Berlin; The Panza Collection, Buffalo AKG Art Museum, USA.


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