In this interview, taped in 1988 and published here for the first time, Conceptual artist Robert Barry speaks with Benjamin Buchloh about his wide-ranging practice, from the early paintings and wire sculptures to his projects using inert gases, radio waves, and even telepathy to his shift toward language as a radical redefinition of aesthetic experience. Barry discusses his studies at Hunter College in the 1950s and '60s, the influence of Abstract Expressionism on his practice, the relationship between Minimalism and Conceptual art, the use of the gallery as medium, and the increasingly radical nature of his work.

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