19 November 2011

Uta Barth

Field #9

Known for her shallow focus, blurry photographs that emit a certain atmosphere, Uta Barth is a German-born, California-raised abstract photographer. After earning degrees from University of California and UCLA, she now teaches at UC Riverside. She rose to international fame with her 1992-1997 work, Ground and 1995 Field. She was granted Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004-05. She has had over 70 exhibitions all over the U.S. and Europe, including MoMA, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum in New York; Tate Gallery in London; and Museum of Contemporary Art in San Francisco. She also has primary galleries all over the world, including Düsseldorf, Germany, Madrid, Spain, Stockholm, Sweden, and Los Angeles.

Her work is described as abstract, reductionist, and conceptual. I think the wall text from her exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago sums it up best:

Since the early 1990s, Los Angeles–based artist Uta Barth has examined photographic and visual perception—how the human eye sees differently from the camera lens and how the incidental and atmospheric can become subject matter in and of themselves. That is to say, she is perhaps less interested in where the camera is pointing than the act of looking through the lens in the first place.

Ground: (38, 42, 44, 78, 95.6, 41)

Field: (8, 19)

Untitled (1998) 98.2

from nowhere near (1999): #6, 9

...and of time (2000): #2, 4

Untitled (2005) 05.1

...and to draw a bright white line with light (2011): #11.8

Source: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

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