Landscapes Tina Barney Paul Kasmin Gallery January 17 – March 3
Tina Barney: The River, 2017 from Landscapes, Paul Kasmin Gallery, 2018
Tina Barney: Landscapes, Paul Kasmin Gallery, January 2018
From the Paul Kasmin press release:
Alongside her oeuvre of portraits portraying the daily life of the social elite that Barney is most known for, exists an entire series of landscape photographs taken by Barney using her 8 by 10-inch view camera. Barney first began her experimentation with landscape photography in the late 1980s and would not revisit the subject again until the summer of 2017. Returning to her familiar New England backdrop, Barney champions distant views of shingled houses, rocky coastlines, small town thoroughfares and main street squares, challenging herself out-of-doors to refine and build upon her mastery of compositional tactics. With these landscapes, Barney takes new ownership over the large format medium of color photography, employing the same sophisticated devices but with an expanded field of vision.
Tina Barney:Landscapes opening reception, Paul Kasmin Gallery, January 2018
We’ve been working with Tina Barney since 2010, most recently completing the scanning and file work on over 140 images for her Rizzoli monograph: Tina Barney. See images of the book in our project archive post below and additional exhibition posts here and here. Landscapes is up through March 3rd, see more on the Paul Kasmin website here.
Four Decades Tina Barney Paul Kasmin Gallery May 7 – June 20
Tina Barney Four Decades, Paul Kasmin Gallery, 2015
From the Paul Kasmin Gallery press release:
Since the early 1980s, Tina Barney’s large-scale photographs have laid bare candid moments in the elusive lives of those in the upper classes of American and European society. Through Barney’s humanist lens, she consistently demonstrates that life in a rarified world is idiosyncratic and spontaneous in its own way. The works presented in Four Decades offer a succinct overview of Barney’s oeuvre, featuring notable early works such as Mark, Amy and Tara, 1983, and The Reception, 1985. Later photographs from the acclaimed series “The Europeans” and “Players” continue to articulate a narrative about the lives of the wealthy as Barney depicts familiar scenes against lushly saturated, opulent backdrops allowing the viewer to share in intimate moments. Four Decades also highlights one of Barney’s editorial masterpieces, The Limo, 2006, as well as works from her series “Small Towns,” focusing on the nuances of regional American life.
Tina Barney:Four Decades opening at Paul Kasmin Gallery, 2015
This is Tina’s first exhibition with Paul Kasmin and our second with her. Four Decades allowed us to print a few pieces from her archive that we had not seen before as well as more recent work that we’ve been involved with since we started working together in 2010.
Production on Tina Barney Four Decades at LTI-Lightside, 2015
Tina Barney’s legacy is well documented, of course … but here’s a brief bit anyway — again, from the Paul Kasmin Gallery press release:
Born in New York City in 1945, Barney turned her concentration to photographing in color with a large format view camera in 1982 – an analogue process she steadfastly continues today. The artist was included in the 1987 Whitney Biennial, and significant solo exhibitions have since been held at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, in 1990; Das Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, in 1999; The Barbican Art Gallery, London, in 2005; the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria, in 2006; and the First Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, in 2015. Barney’s works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, among many others. She currently lives and works in New York City and Westerly, Rhode Island.
Small Towns Tina Barney Janet Borden Gallery October 3 – Novemver 21, 2012
Tina Barney:Small Towns, Janet Borden Gallery, 2012
Tina Barney’s Small Towns is a great big feeling show in Janet Borden’s bright and beautifully intimate space. The project spans from 2005 to the present and is best described in Tina’s own words (as lifted from The New Yorker Photo Booth section, November 2011).
“In 2005, I was driving from my house, where I’ve lived since the nineteen-sixties, to Westerly, Rhode Island—a 15 minute drive,” Barney told me. “I realized I had overlooked this town where I’ve shopped for groceries, gone to the dry cleaners, fixed my car, gone to the bank, and repaired a watch. I began thinking about a new project to photograph.” The project, “Small Towns,” is in many ways different from her earlier bodies of work. “I was outside, which is rare for me, and I was also photographing strangers,” she said. But there are similarities as well. “The communal act of repeating events over and over, year after year, that develops into traditions, has always been the main attraction in whatever I seem to photograph,” she said. For “Small Towns,” Barney “started by photographing holiday parades with the local marching bands, craftsmen whose families had worked in the same locations for decades, such as metal workers, stone carvers, garage mechanics, and carpenters. A theme developed that branched out over six years into discovering situations like county and agricultural fairs, flower shows, Civil War re-enactments, Renaissance fairs, and all of the visual and patriotic delights that feed my fascination.”
Tina Barney:Small Towns, Janet Borden Gallery, 2012
Barney’s pieces are conventionally enlarged c-prints from original negatives, produced at LTI/Lightside. You can see a larger selection of images on the Janet Borden website by clicking here.
There is also a thorough review of Small Towns on the fascinating DLK Collection blog … if you’ve never visited that site, then you owe yourself the treat. Click here for a real eyeopener and be sure to noodle through the checklists and other reviews … again, if you’ve never been there, you can thank me later.