Born 1936 in New York, New York
Robert Barry, who has a M.A. from Hunter College, The City University of New York, abandoned painting in 1969 to immerse himself in Idea Art, an approach popularized by Sol LeWitt's 1967 essay "Paragraphs on Conceptual Art." Selected for the I-80 series, Barry created for the Joslyn Art Museum an installation consisting of a square red wall with stencil words running around the border. "The words, unlike the words in paintings from the past, are neither names of things nor narratives nor poems. They are rarely nouns. They both stand alone and relate to each other in space," explained curator Holliday T. Day. The installation also included "Don't Be So Sure," a continuous tape of spoken words separated by periods of silence that cycled every 90-minutes. Barry initiated a print edition based on the Joslyn installation during his residency at UNO (September 29 and 30, 1980). Tom Majeski, Gary Day, and student Bill Zuelke completed it in January 1981.
1981; etching and aquatint on Arches Cover; sheet: 22 x 30 (55.88 x 76.2)