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View of “Robert Barry,” 2015. Photo: Joshua White.

Robert Barry

Thomas Solomon Art Advisory | Bethlehem Baptist Church

View of “Robert Barry,” 2015. Photo: Joshua White.

Passing through Rudolph Schindler’s Bethlehem Baptist Church, one witnessed fifty-one glimmering words, which whispered from the walls of this nearly forgotten architectural monument. One of only a few modernist masterpieces still intact in South Central Los Angeles, and one of even fewer located in this once-segregated neighborhood (the result of restrictive housing covenants), the church was built in 1944 to serve an African American congregation. It would later be sold and then abandoned before undergoing a partial renovation by Reverend Melvin Ashley in 2013. After briefly serving his congregation, Faith-Build International, the church is up for sale once again. Gallerist Thomas Solomon discovered the vacant site and invited Robert Barry, the inveterate champion of nearly invisible interventions that nonetheless engage the (often overlooked) architecture that surrounds us, to

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