Uta Barth

Born 1958
Hometown Berlin, Germany
Lives and Works Los Angeles, CA
Education
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1982
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1985

Guggenheim Museum, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum of contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Tate Gallery, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1301PE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Sies + Höke Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY

Uta Barth uses photography to examine the differences between photographic and visual perception - what the human eye sees and what the camera lens captures. Barth's photographs are rarely grounded in the figurative and often lack a foreground subject. Rather, her images are out of focus, blurry, and cropped. In the absence of a clear object or landscape, atmosphere and light become her subjects.

Barth's acclaimed series of photographs include Ground and Field, the first in which she focused her camera on unoccupied space to create colorful photographic blurs. Her 2007 series, Sundial, recorded the effects of light at different times of day and times of year in her home. Though devoid of concrete subjects, these works demonstrate her mastery of composition and balance.

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