A found Phyllida Barlow sculpture (not)

Junk table, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 (not by Phyllida Barlow)

• Languishing outside some artists’ studios in Bethnal Green I found this abandoned table – it looked to me like a sculpture by Phyllida Barlow (though sadly not, or it would be worth a few bob). Below it are a few shots from her recent show Rig at Hauser & Wirth, to show the resemblance. It’s not in insult – I’m a huge admirer of her work, and she’s influenced a large number of younger sculptors, from Rachel Whiteread to Graham Hudson, both by being a tutor at the Slade school of art, and simply by being an inspiringly adventurous artist.

Phyllida Barlow, RIG: untitled; broken shelf 3, 2011. Steel bracket, timber lengths, fabric, plaster, scrim, tape

Phyllida Barlow, RIG: untitled; blocks, 2011. Polystyrene, fabric, timber, cement

Phyllida Barlow, RIG: untitled; emptyunits, 2011. Plywood, plaster, paint

Phyllida Barlow, RIG: untitled; stagechairs, 2011

Phyllida Barlow, RIG: untitled; stagechairs, 2011. Timber, cement, paint. Right: untitled; tubes, 2011. Polystyrene, wire-netting, fabric, cement

Phyllida Barlow, RIG: untitled; hoops, 2011. Plywood, cement, paint

Phyllida Barlow, RIG: untitled; blocks, 2011. Polystyrene, fabric, timber, cement

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