Uta Barth

photo of Uta Barth

Uta Barth is a photographer whose reductive and quiet images capture moments of observation of ordinary scenes. Like a glance frozen in time, Barth’s photographs hold the viewer’s gaze on what would otherwise be fleeting. Blank walls, windowpanes, curtains, and blurred street scenes are some of the mundane subjects that become elevated under Barth’s focus. Her interior and landscape images have a cinematic quality, conveying a very purposeful act of looking at something through the lens of a camera. The familiarity of subjects and lack of descriptive details can evoke a sense of déjà vu in the viewer, their lack of specificity bringing them into the realm of a shared consciousness.

Uta Barth was born in 1958 in Berlin, Germany. In the mid-1990s her series Field and Ground brought her international acclaim. Thereafter Barth presented her nowhere near series featuring views looking out windows of her home onto a generic Los Angeles street at different times of day and in different weather conditions, while her …end of time series turned the lens toward the interior of the same home. She has produced several subsequent series including ... and to draw a bright white line with light which debuted at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011.

Her work is represented in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Gallery, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe. Barth lives and works in Los Angeles.


Artworks



Untitled From Nowhere Near Nw17 1999 Uta Barth

Untitled, from nowhere near (nw 17), 1999

Size: 35 x 90 inches (overall) diptych
Medium: Color photograph on panel

Current Lannan Art Collection

Untitled From Nowhere Near Nw15 1999 Uta Barth

Untitled, from nowhere near (nw 15), 1999

Size: 35 x 164 inches (overall) triptych
Medium: Color photograph on panel

Current Lannan Art Collection

Untitled From Nowhere Near Nw19 1999 Uta Barth

Untitled, from nowhere near (nw 19), 1999

Size: 35 x 164 inches (overall) triptych
Medium: Color photograph on panel

Current Lannan Art Collection

Untitled From Nowhere Near Nw13 1999 Uta Barth

Untitled, from nowhere near (nw 13), 1999

Size: 35 x 90 inches (overall) diptych
Medium: Color photograph on panel

Current Lannan Art Collection

Untitled From Nowhere Near Nw9 1999 Uta Barth

Untitled, from nowhere near (nw 9), 1999

Size: 35 x 90 inches (overall) diptych
Medium: Color photograph on panel

Current Lannan Art Collection

Untitled 988 1998 Db1118 Uta Barth

Untitled (98.8), 1998

Size: 2 panels at 30 x 38 inches each
Medium: Color photographs on panels

Current Lannan Art Collection

Untitled From Nowhere Near Nw6 1999 Uta Barth

Untitled, from nowhere near (nw 6), 1999

Size: 35 x 44 inches
Medium: Color photograph on panel

Current Lannan Art Collection

Untitled From Nowhere Near Nw12 1999 Uta Barth

Untitled, from nowhere near (nw 12), 1999

Size: 35 x 44 inches
Medium: Color photograph on panel

Current Lannan Art Collection

Ground 78 Uta Barth

Ground #78, 1997

Size: 41 x 39 inches
Medium: Color photograph on panel

Current Lannan Art Collection

Ground 30 Uta Barth

Ground #30, 1994

Size: 22 x 18 inches
Medium: Color photograph on panel

Current Lannan Art Collection


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