Robert Barry is a freelance writer and composer based in London. He is the author of ‘The Music of the Future’ (Repeater Books)

Precarity (2017) (still), John Akomfrah, Courtesy Lisson Gallery; © Smoking Dogs Films

A haunting resurrection of the man who invented jazz

New Orleans bandleader Charles ‘Buddy’ Bolden cuts an enigmatic figure in John Akomfrah’s elegiac film

16 Jul 2019
Installation view of ‘Yuko Mohri: Voluta’, at Camden Arts Centre, 2018, Photo: Damian Griffiths. Courtesy Camden Arts Centre

Yuko Mohri unwinds at Camden Arts Centre

The artist’s new sound installation involving solenoids, sensors and tropical fish is surprisingly decorative

7 Aug 2018
Measure for Measure 7 (2016), Bridget Riley

‘A visceral assault on the senses’

Bridget Riley’s monumental abstract paintings are as mysterious as they are mesmerising

26 Jan 2018
Illustration: The Lindström Effect

Is sound art getting a fair hearing in museums?

Sound art often seems like video art’s poor relation in museums, but is its struggle for status starting to pay off?

25 Sep 2017
Solitude (2017), Terry Adkins. Installation view, Thomas Dane Gallery, London. Photo: Luke A. Walker

Terry Adkins and the art of sound

The artist’s haunting sound sculptures and paintings address the absent figures who inspired them

23 May 2017
Capgirat, (detail) 2005, Antoni Tàpies, © Comissió Tàpies/VEGAP Courtesy Timothy Taylor

The tender brutishness of Antoni Tàpies

The Catalan artist’s large, earthy paintings at Timothy Taylor have unexpectedly intimate and spiritual concerns

2 Mar 2017