Phyllida Barlow: I couldn't have coped if fame came 20 years ago

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Venice

Sculptor, who is representing UK at Venice Biennale, says she bears no grudge that she spent decades neglected by the art world

Phyllida Barlow, the sculptor representing the UK at the Venice Biennale, has said that while it may have taken the art world decades to pay attention to her work, the timing of her recognition was perfect, adding: “20 years ago, I wouldn’t have coped.”

Barlow has been making her vast and ramshackle sculptures for more than five decades but her work went almost completely ignored until 10 years ago. She landed a show at the Serpentine Gallery in London and then at the Tate in 2014, though her Venice exhibition, Folly, is Barlow’s most prominent platform yet.

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