Barbara Westermann is a sculptor and installation artist. Her sculptures, prints, and drawings are minimalist and conceptual, with an emphasis on social sculpture, urban planning, geometry, geophysical mapping, and music. She utilizes site-specific work that involves sculpture, prints, architecture, and engineering, and uses sculpture to ‘embody’ utilitarian objects.
Barbara has shown her work widely, including solo shows at Malkasten in Düsseldorf Germany, the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Freiburg Museum of Contemporary Art in Germany. She delivered a lecture called ‘documenta urbana’ at the documenta 13 this summer in Kassel, Germany and completed a fellowship at the Raketenstation Stiftung Hombroich in the fall of 2012. She publishes prints with Clay Street Press in Cincinnati.
Additionally, her work has been shown at the Tate in London, the Whitney Biennial, PS1, the Dia Art Foundation, Paula Cooper Gallery, Holly Solomon Gallery, Ronald Feldman Gallery, E|AB Fair, Clay Street Gallery, Momenta Art, Proteus Gowanus, the Museum of the National Library of Spain, Brooklyn Museum, Hamburger + Munchner Kunstverein, Hamburg/Munich, Germany, New Museum for Contemporary Art, and numerous other venues in the States and Europe.
au•gust art festival project
Barbara Westermann’s Regional Planning Lab: UNDER CONSTRUCTION is a three-part work engaging with the history, design, architecture, and industry in Rosendale. It includes two au•gust art community workshops; the outdoor installation Horizontal Hudson Valley; and drawings and sculptures produced during Barbara’s five-week residency at WSW. During two workshops, Barbara invites the public to learn about Rosendale’s history and cast everyday objects in concrete.