Phyllida Barlow in conversation

The British artist speaks to Luke Syson of The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York

  • Phyllida Barlow (b. 1944, Newcastle upon Tyne) studied at Chelsea School of Art, London (1960-63) and then the Slade School of Fine Art, London (1963-66) where she later became a Professor. Recent major exhibitions include Tate Britain, London (2014); Venice Biennale (2013); Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2013), Des Moines Art Centre, Des Moines (2013); Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach (2013); New Museum, New York (2012); Ludwig Forum Aachen (2012); Kunstverein Nürnberg (2011); BAWAG Contemporary Vienna (2010) and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2004). She became a Royal Academician in 2011 and lives and works in London. 
  • Luke Syson is the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of the Arts. In 2013, he co-curated the innovative exhibition 'Plain or Fancy? Restraint and Exuberance in the Decorative Arts'. Before joing the Metropolitan in 2012, Syson was Curator of Italian Painting before 1500 and Head of Research at the National Gallery, London, where he was curator of the exhibition 'Renaissance Siena: Art for a City' (2007-8), and the groundbreaking exhibition 'Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan' (2011). Syson was also one of the curators of the acclaimed Enlightenment Gallery at The British Museum, London and was part of the team that planned the new galleries for Medieval and Renaissance Art at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Frieze Masters includes a programme of talks in which major artists, critics and curators discuss the relationships between contemporary and historical art. Frieze Masters Talks is programmed by Jennifer Higgie (co-editor frieze & editor Frieze Masters magazine) and Jasper Sharp (Adjunct Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna). 

Frieze Masters Talks are supported by Gucci, Associate Sponsor of the fair and sponsor of the Talks this year.