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Olivo Barbieri: Site Specific


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Olivo Barbieri is a key figure in Italian contemporary art who has been featured several times at the Venice Biennale. His work has been exhibited at institutions, including the Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MART), Rovereto, Italy. His photographs and films are in the collections of the Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; International Center of Photography, New York; and Galleria Civica d Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM), Turin, Italy. His work has been widely published; monographs of Barbieri s photographs include The Dolomites Project (2011) and The Waterfall Project (2008). Christopher Phillips is curator at the International Center if Photography in New York and is a widely published critic and photography historian. Previously senior editor at Art in America, Phillips has written many books, including The New Vision: Photography Between the World Wars (1989) and, with Wu Hang, Between Past and Future: new Photography and Video from China (2004).


When it comes to capturing the distinct flavour of a city, no one does it quite like Olivo Barbieri. "Wallpaper" Playing with notions of positive and negative space, Barbieri isolates buildings to raise questions about how cities are planned and the building s role in the urban context. "The New York Times" Barbieri s work is a reminder that photography can play a critical role in our understanding of architecture and urban environments. "The New York Times" "Site Specific" is a stomach-twisting tour of familiar landscapes with references to modern art history "Wired" "

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