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barry x ball

barry x ball

Pasadena, 1955
Degrees: Pomona College di Claremont 1977
Currently Lives and Works in New York.

Since the beginning of his activity Barry X Ball conceives his work as a contemporary response to great masterpieces of the past, not to replicate them, but to draw inspiration from them and challenge their beauty.

For the rereading of the classic, the artist employs a series of complex equipment and procedures, from the most innovative to the traditional ones, from digital 3D scanning, virtual design and computer-controlled modeling, to carving in precious stones and marbles and sanding executed by hand.

“Fascinated by the possibilities offered by new technologies such as the digital creation of three-dimensional virtual models and stone cutting with CNC robots, he is the first artist to experiment and refine these procedures. Despite the use of cutting-edge technologies, both in the processing of marble and in precious metals, Ball pays the utmost attention to the hand finishing of his sculptures.”
Source: FAI Fondo Ambiente


Featured Exhibitions:
 Powerhouse Museum / Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Museum of Arts and Design, Bass Museum of Art, Ca’ Rezzonico con la Biennale di Venezia, PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, SITE Santa Fe, Ballroom Marfa, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Le Printemps de Septembre, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Kunsthalle Krems, Museo Cantonale d’Arte, me Collectors Room Berlin, Modemuseum Hasselt, Beijing Today Art Museum, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Le Quartier, Centre d’art contemporain de Quimper, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon. Collezioni di suoi pezzi si trovano a the Hammer Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Norton Museum of Art, The Maramotti Collection, Le Fonds régional d’art contemporain Bretagne, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, The Berlingieri Collection, The Olbricht Collection, and The Panza Collection.

Barry x Ball presents Envy on Fai Channel


Envy, 2008 – 2014, White Carrara (“Michelangelo”) Statuario
55.9 x 43.8 x 24.1 cm
based on  Giusto Le Court (1627 – 1679)
La Invidia , circa 1670, Italian Marble

Purity, 2008 – 2011, Iranian Pink Onyx
61 x 41.9 x 28.6 cm
based on Antonio Corradini (1668 – 1752)
La Purità, 1720 – 1725, Ca’ Rezzonico, Venice

Pietà, 2011 – 2018, Iranian White Traslucent Onyx
197.5 x 71.3 x 73.8 cm
based on Pietà Rondanini (1552 – 1564)
made by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 – 1564)

San Bartolomeo, 2018, Rouge Du Roi
based on San Bartolomeo Scorticato (1562)
made by Marco Ferrari d’Agrate (1504 – 1574)
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