Barry X Ball
Pasadena, California 1955
Photo courtesy Barry X Ball Studio
When I got to know Barry X Ball he was creating small but precious objects covered in gold, placed on an equally rare material and all finished with great care. In the 'nineties he developed a different kind of work, making larger objects using a special extremely hard plastic. In these works a part of the composition consists of a special crystal container fullfilled with pure pigment. In this way the color has greater importance than when used in painting canvas. Even the packaging of these works is made by the artist.
Barry X Ball, 3 C (BXB 83-04), 1983. Wood, wax, linen, gesso, bole, 22K gold, 22,9 x 22,9 cm. Panza Collection, Mendrisio. Photo Barry X Ball Studio, New York
Barry X Ball, One of Twelve Identical Units (BXB 88-02), 1987-1988. Ceylon ebony, maple, dyed pearwood veneer, medium density fiberboard, gesso, bole, 24K gold, black oxide finished material, 15,2 x 22,9 x 7,6 cm. Panza Collection, Mendrisio. Photo Barry X Ball Studio, New York
Barry X Ball, The Birth of the Virgin (BXB 91-06), 1990-1991. Composite construction, 24K gold, ultramarine blue pigment (PB29), 83,8 x 45,1 x 18,4 cm. Panza Collection, Mendrisio. Photo Barry X Ball Studio, New York
Barry X Ball. Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Collezione Cantone Ticino, Donazione Panza di Biumo, 1994. Installation Omaggio a Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, Museo d'Arte, Lugano, July 2 - September 26, 2010. Photo Alessandro Zambianchi, Milano
Rosa Giovanna Magnifico Panza di Biumo and PanzaCollection would like to thank the artist, the family and the institutions for granting image publishing.