Fine Arts Photography

...and to draw a bright white line with light (untitled 11.1), 2011 - Uta Barth

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Description: Medium Photography
Materials Inkjet prints face-mounted against matte acrylic, framed in painted aluminum frames, diptych
Certificate of authenticity Included (issued by gallery)

Size: 37 x 56 IN

93.98 x 142.24 CM

Vendor:Uta Barth, Germany, b. 1958

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Uta Barth (American/German, b.1958)

Uta Barth, a contemporary German photographer, was born in Berlin, Germany. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Davis, in 1982, and subsequently earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1985. Her early artistic endeavors comprised a fusion of painting and photography, ultimately paving the way for the distinctive photographic style she would later develop.

Barth's signature style, characterized by blurred photographs, became evident in works like "Ground" (1992–1997) and "Field" (1995). These creations were the result of a deliberate act: focusing the camera on an empty foreground, thus casting a softening veil over the background image. The notion of obscuring the image to illuminate the photographic process itself has remained a constant thread in her artistic journey.

Integral to Barth's body of work is the interaction between her photographs and the environments in which they are displayed. A prime example of this can be witnessed in her exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, in 1997. Barth consistently pushed the boundaries of obstruction and illumination, as evidenced in series such as "Sundial" (2007–2008) and "...and to draw a bright line with light" (2011).

Uta Barth's contributions to the world of art have transcended borders, with her work being showcased in exhibitions worldwide. Prestigious institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in London have acquired her pieces for their collections. In recognition of her artistic prowess, she was awarded a Broad Foundation fellowship in 2007 and received a grant from United States Artists.

Barth's artistry revolves around the translation of photographic perception into human perception, often employing elusive subject matter that, when captured through the lens, undergoes abstraction or distortion in the eyes of the beholder. As she eloquently explains, her goal is to shift the viewer's attention away from the subject matter itself and toward their own process of perception—a nuanced exploration of the act of looking itself.

Born on January 29, 1958, in Berlin, Germany, Uta Barth moved to the United States during her teenage years. She completed her Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her remarkable journey in the realm of photography led to her being awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004 and the esteemed MacArthur Fellowship in 2012. Her work graces the collections of renowned institutions like The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. Uta Barth currently resides and creates in Los Angeles, California.
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