Alvaro Barrington, Installation view, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2022, Photo: Josh Schaedel

Alvaro Barrington

Alvaro Barrington

91–98 jfk–lax border

March 12 – April 30, 2022
Los Angeles

Alvaro Barrington, Teresa Farrell

The Lot Show

September 12 – October 9, 2021
1-96 Beach 97th St, Far Rockaway, NY



Figuring it out is hard and I’m sorry 
It aint about you/
Burn Babylon/
Yah pussy ah da wettest/
Racism Shadism Classism colorist sexism Patriarch decentering
No Fucks Given/
Art is about learning how to be, Painting is about what's in front of you, it's about learning to see/
Niggas die everyday in the hood B/
You're the most insecure person I know and it's disgusting/
We have to be gentle with each other’s hearts 
I Like America and America likes me 
For the CULTURE/
If you were them, You would be them/
“You’ve got to give them something special, you got to give them you, what you do, what you represent”
New women, old ways, Gotta Keep a Balance/
I look cooler than I am/
I don't want my work to be some fucking free zone associations/
Build the margins/
This nigga always skiing even in the summer/
Poverty Broke/
"I'm a Roc-A-Fella
What nigga for Roc-A-Fella shit I will rock a fella”/
"grey sheep”/
"You know you were my first time a new feel”/
“Lots of class but working class”/
Every year I grew up but never got older/
Fuck a lot/ mad asexual/
The margin are limitations of the imagination /
There are no margins/
Every master must empty his cup/
Take my dog to go see Santa/
Worker’s rights/
Be more grateful/
It’s ok to have the feelings that you have/it doesn’t mean your feelings
are correct/
Don’t restate what someone has already said when you can say
something new and more relevant/
Take something do something to it then do something to it/
Ok, Sorry/
It’s my flesh that holds on to facts, It’s my spirit that holds on to truth/
She riding dick on her tippy toes/
Trama looping/
Web of what I’m already doing/
Digital identity/
Only thing that was real/
Too much mindless conformity/
Live your truth
Black people who love black people
Who are you talking too
Sorry if I made you feel less than who you are/ a little insecure 

Selected Works


Apollo Magazine | ‘My Art’s Got to Be in the Community’ – An Interview with Alvaro Barrington


Tate Britain Commission: Alvaro Barrington | Tate Britain, London, UK


Culture Type | Tate Britain Commission Goes To Artist Alvaro Barrington


Art Basel | The Rise And Rise Of Alvaro Barrington


A brush with... Alvaro Barrington


Things That Are Real: Alvaro Barrington x Dean Cross | Cement Fondu, Sydney, Australia


Related Publications

Alvaro Barrington: 91–98 jfk–lax border (Color Edition)

Alvaro Barrington: 91–98 jfk–lax border (Black and White Edition)

Alvaro Barrington: Crosses

Alvaro Barrington: Crosses – Deluxe Edition

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