Galerie Thaddeus Ropac

Why Artists Steal

The exhibition at Thaddeus Ropac gallery called Artists I Steal From is a rare chance to see art through artist’s eyes. Artist Alvaro Barrington (Venezuela) and curator Julia Peyton-Jones have put together an impressive collection of art works to reveal the creative process and thinking behind it.

Galerie Thaddeus Ropac

How other artists have solved the problems they are wrestling with? It’s the particular inventiveness of their practice that fascinates me.

What are the inner thought processes and logic of working? The exhibition is devided into five themes to give answers:


What is the exact distance to leave between one set of marks and another?

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When is depicted object about itself, when it is about something else? Sometimes it can be both.

Galerie Thaddeus Ropac

Memories consist of constructing and later reconstructing of narratives, not just storing and retrieving data.

Galerie Thaddeus Ropac


Barrington argues that there is more space in the South resulting artists like Robert Rauschenberg’s work was ‘coming off the wall’. Compared to New York artists like Warhol, whose work was more ‘claustrophobic’.

Galerie Thaddeus Ropac


What is the ordering basis – an internal logic directly related to physical application of paint itself?

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How energy translates into art work? Some artists like Katharina Grosse have an ability to translate an active (colour) energy into something physical and unconstrained.

Galerie Thaddeus Ropac

The insightful exhibition is bringing art works together also to reveal the personal connections Alvaro Barrington sees between them, and the associations that have helped him find his path as a painter.

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