Art Basel | The Rise And Rise Of Alvaro Barrington

January 8, 2024

Tom Morton

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Since graduating from the Slade School of Art, London, in 2017, Barrington has charted a meteoric rise that’s seen him work with some of the world’s leading commercial galleries, stage a rapturously received solo show at the South London Gallery in 2021, and become the latest recipient of Tate Britain’s prestigious annual Duveen commission – more on which below. He is primarily a painter, although this designation struggles to contain both the range of the materials he employs (which commonly include burlap, concrete, yarn, and found postcards) and the way the images he creates often break out into three dimensions and become embedded in installations (his first institutional solo show, at MoMA PS1 in 2017, saw him present what appeared to be a wholesale recreation of his studio space).

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