Sophie Barber is included in ‘Particularities’, a group exhibition at X Museum, Beijing, curated by Chris Sharp, which opens on 6 September 2021.
‘Particularities’ is a group exhibition about contemporary small-scale painting. At a time of increasing scale, expansion and hypertrophy, the show trains its gaze on painting practices that do the exact opposite. It responds to and builds upon the work of approximately 20 international artists working in the medium of painting today, from Barber and Dike Blair to Lewis Hammond and Elizabeth Peyton.
Subject matter and modes of painting may vary, one thing all of these artists definitely have in common is a tendency toward reduction of scale. And although formal modesty is the filament that binds them together, they otherwise remain wholly themselves, radiating like so many irreducible parts of a provisional constellation of contemporary painting.