Alvaro Barrington, Installation view at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY, 2018

Alvaro Barrington

Biography

Manifesto 

Figuring it out is hard and I’m sorry 
It aint about you/
Burn Babylon/
Yah pussy ah da wettest/
Racism Shadism Classism colorist sexism Patriarch decentering
whiteness
No Fucks Given/
Art is about learning how to be, Painting is about what's in front of you, it's about learning to see/
Niggas die everyday in the hood B/
Intersectionality/
You're the most insecure person I know and it's disgusting/
We have to be gentle with each other’s hearts 
I Like America and America likes me 
For the CULTURE/
If you were them, You would be them/
LISTEN/
“You’ve got to give them something special, you got to give them you, what you do, what you represent”
New women, old ways, Gotta Keep a Balance/
I look cooler than I am/
I don't want my work to be some fucking free zone associations/
Build the margins/
This nigga always skiing even in the summer/
Poverty Broke/
"I'm a Roc-A-Fella
What nigga for Roc-A-Fella shit I will rock a fella”/
"grey sheep”/
"You know you were my first time a new feel”/
“Lots of class but working class”/
Every year I grew up but never got older/
Fuck a lot/ mad asexual/
The margin are limitations of the imagination /
There are no margins/
Every master must empty his cup/
Take my dog to go see Santa/
Worker’s rights/
Be more grateful/
It’s ok to have the feelings that you have/it doesn’t mean your feelings
are correct/
Don’t restate what someone has already said when you can say
something new and more relevant/
Take something do something to it then do something to it/
Ok, Sorry/
It’s my flesh that holds on to facts, It’s my spirit that holds on to truth/
She riding dick on her tippy toes/
Trama looping/
Web of what I’m already doing/
Digital identity/
Only thing that was real/
Too much mindless conformity/
Live your truth
Black people who love black people
Who are you talking too
Sorry if I made you feel less than who you are/ a little insecure 

Selected Works

News

New York Times: The Painter Alvaro Barrington on the Art He ‘Steals’ From

06/26/2019

Brooklyn Rail: Alvaro Barrington & David Weiss

02/07/2018

BOMB Magazine: Studio Visit

12/04/2017

Mousse Magazine: Combining Histories

12/01/2017

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