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Action Abstraction: Sculpture by Bill Barrett

Action Abstraction: Sculpture by Bill Barrett

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Displayed across the OSU campus for one year, Action Abstraction presents six monumental bronze sculptures by internationally known artist Bill Barrett. Widely considered one of today's most celebrated sculptors, Barrett's constructions are known for their lyrical, graceful forms that exude an expansive sense of kinesis. Distinctly American in their directness and lightness, Barrett’s works are balanced through their calligraphically gestural sensibility and an abstract feeling of fluid musicality. Through a delicate balance of form and content, the constructions transcend the stark aesthetics of minimalism with warmth and humanity. 

Organized by the OSU Museum of Art, the OSU Public Art Committee, and LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico, this exhibition is the first of a series of exhibitions planned for the campus over the next few years. 


Related Programs

An Evening with Bill Barrett
Oct. 18 | An artist talk, reception, and exhibition of additional sculptures with the artist who created the six bronze sculptures new to the OSU campus. SPECIAL LOCATION: Atherton Hotel. 5 pm. Artist talk begins at 4.   



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Media Kit

Press Releases and Info Sheets



Photo Album: An Evening with Bill Barrett

Hi Res Images of Artwork

This exhibition is made possible in part by the loan of the artworks by Bill and Debora Barrett and LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM; and through generous support by James Pickel, Jim Vallion; OSU Student Union; OSU Museum of Art Advocates, OSU Museum of Art Founding Patrons and Charter Members; and the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.

On view: 
July 01, 2017 to July 01, 2018