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The Expanded Photograph

The Expanded Photograph is an installment of the UNMAM permanent collection exhibition HINDSIGHT/INSIGHT: Reflecting on the Collection. On view in the newly renovated Van Deren Coke Gallery. Opening reception February 8, 2019. “The Expanded Photograph highlights rarely-exhibited objects from the UNMAM’s extensive photographic holdings. Featuring artists Thomas Barrow, Darryl Curran, Betty Hahn, James Hajicek, Robert […]

Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber

Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber “7 March – 10 June 2019, Sharjah Biennial 14 (SB14) will showcase three unique exhibitions, curated by Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons, that explore the possibilities and purpose of producing art when news is fed by a monopoly of sources, history is increasingly fictionalised, when ideas […]

Review: “Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon”

Review: “Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon” Chicago’s talkiest season begins with a long, long chat at art expo. On Saturday afternoon, at the far end of Navy Pier, in a ballroom overlooking Lake Michigan, Hans Ulrich Obrist talked, and listened, then talked, and listened some more. He talked to 20 Chicago artists, poets, architects, essayists, […]

“Los Angeles” Aperture Magazine #232, Fall 2018

  Aperture’s “Los Angeles” issue explores how one of America’s most photographed cities is also an essential hub for some of today’s most important photography and photo-based art. Barbara Kasten’s work is featured in the Rebecca More article Toward Poetic Vision: Robert Heinecken redefines the photograph.  

“Barbara Kasten.” The White Review No. 22, 2018.

THE WHITE REVIEW 22 features a series of artworks from Barbara Kasten. THE WHITE REVIEW is an arts and literature quarterly magazine, with triannual print and monthly online editions. The magazine launched in February 2011 to provide ‘a space for a new generation to express itself unconstrained by form, subject or genre’, and publishes fiction, essays, interviews with […]

Barbara Kasten/Chicago – Artist/City, S.R. Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago, IL

June – July 27 – S. R. Crown Hall , IIT, 3360 S State St., Chicago, IL Bortolami is pleased to announce the initiation of the sixth Artist/City project, Barbara Kasten/Chicago. Chicago-based artist Barbara Kasten is the summer resident of Illinois Institute of Technology’s S. R. Crown Hall. Kasten will activate Mies van der Rohe’s […]

Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography

April 28 – December 30, 2018 – Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 “Drawn largely from the MCA’s permanent collection, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography considers the artist’s work in the larger context of conceptual art. The exhibition also highlights links between Josephson and other contemporary artists working in photography, film, and sculpture… Continue to exhibition page

Small History(s) of Photography (#1)

  June 13 – September 2. Sprengel Museum Hannover, Kurt-Schwitters-Platz, 30169 Hannover “The exhibition series of the Sprengel Museum Hannover, which has been designed in several parts, attempts to provide an answer and presents decisive motives for the further development of recent photography history in the context of art. It is about a quantitatively reduced, but content-focused comparison of […]

Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

2 MAY – 14 OCTOBER 2018  TATE MODERN, Bankside, London  “Shape of Light is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between the two, spanning the century from the 1910s to the present day. It brings to life the innovation and originality of photographers over this period, and shows how they responded and contributed to the […]

Generations Female Artists in Dialog Part 1

22 February – 13 JULY 2018 SAMMLUNG GOETZ, MUNICH “The Sammlung Goetz celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018 with a three-part exhibition dedicated to artistic creations by women. On display are nearly 200 works, ranging from drawings, photographs, paintings and sculptures to films and extensive installations by more than 40 artists in an intergenerational dialog. […]

Futuro, ARCOmadrid, Madrid, Spain

21 – 25 February 2018 – ARCOmadrid, Madrid, Spain. “What is going to happen is not “the future”, but what we are going to do The ARCOmadrid 2018 edition will not have a guest country, but rather a concept as a guest: the future. A notion that everyone is talking about, yet one that’s hard […]

Under Cover: Where Collection and Archive Meet

29 January – 15 April 2018 – University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, California. Connecting innovative contemporary art with archival video footage, Under Cover: Where Collection and Archive Meet, brings important artworks from the UAM Collection into the light and views featured artists’ practice through a new lens. This exhibition highlights four artists – Eileen Cowin, […]

Brought to Light: Revelatory Photographs in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Collection

10 February – 22 April 2018 – Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California. “Brought to Light: Revelatory Photographs in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Collection presents a non-traditional survey of the Museum’s renowned collection of nearly 8,000 photographs. Based not on chronology or theme, the exhibition seeks to reveal new insights into well-known […]


02 February – 18 March 2018 – Philara Foundation, Dusseldorf, DE. “Having displayed her large retrospective Stages in the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia in 2015, the Chicago based Barbara Kasten will show her first retrospective exhibition in Germany with Parallels at Philara Collection.” Continue to exhibition webpage.


07 – 11 February, 2018 – Mexico City, Mexico “Endlessly experimental and restlessly innovative, her most recent body of work includes three-dimensional sculptural, photographic hybrids entitled Progressions (2017-2018), and freestanding acrylic sculptures—her first since the early 1970s.” Continue to exhibition page

Virginia Woolf an Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings

10 February – 29 April 2018 – TATE St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall  “Discover art from 1850 to the present, inspired by the writing of this celebrated author. Author of classic texts including To the Lighthouse and the pioneering feminist text A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf spent much of her childhood in St Ives. This exhibition is led by her writing, […]

Miami Rail

the root of MY furY: on WoMen artists “getting their due”, by Julia Cooke Issue 22 / November 27, 2017 I stood at the Whitney Museum last autumn, looking for a second time at the Carmen Herrera exhibit. Numinous as the paintings in front of me appeared, quiet though their presence felt, the vague rabble […]

The Beauty of Lines. Masterpieces from the Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla collection

Musée de l’Elysée 18, avenue de l’Elysée, 1014 Lausanne, Switzerland January 31 to May 6, 2017 The exhibition presents a selection of masterpieces from the history of photography, part of the collection of Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla. Based in New York, it includes over 1500 original prints by some of the greatest photographers of […]

Polaroids: The Disappearing

December 13, 2017 – January 5, 2018 Opening reception: Wednesday December 13, 6:00-9:00 pm Nathalie Karg Gallery 291 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002 Capturing the disappearing moment has always been a human obsession. Before the iPhone, there were Polaroids, a revolutionary technology that was the norm prior to the Instagram generation. Continue to exhibition […]

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Pervy Snapshots and Fallible Machines: Around Openings in Tribeca by Joseph R. Wolin, September 18, 2017 Filling the impeccable new Bortolami space—pristine white walls, elegant black Corinthian columns—with a riot of sharp-angled color, the 81-year-old Barbara Kasten splits the difference between photography and sculpture in new reliefs that append pieces of tinted Plexiglas to photos of arrangements […]


‘Parti Pris’ by Barbara Kasten at Bortolami, New York By BLOUIN ARTINFO, September 21, 2017 Bortolami presents “Parti Pris,” Barbara Kasten’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Barbara Kasten’s artistic practice has always led her to be experimental with her artworks and in her eighth decade of her artistic journey she is on her way up […]


Bortolami Gallery September 8 – October 21, 2017 Opening reception: Friday, September 8, 6-9pm 39 Walker Street New York, NY 10013 Continue to exhibition page

Biennial//Farewell Photography

Leaving the Still Image: How high, wide, deep and flexible is an image? Curated by Christin Müller September 9, 2017-November 5, 2017 Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Berliner Straße 23 D-67059 Ludwigshafen am Rhein Trisha Baga, Rosa Barba, Dirk Braeckman, Marcel Broodthaers, Georges Demenÿ & Étienne-Jules Marey, Barbara Kasten, Yves Klein, Daido Moriyama, Oscar Muñoz, Barbara Probst, Pétrel I Roumagnac (duo), Ed Ruscha, […]


A Brief History of Polaroids in Art, from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol (and Beyond), By Scott Indrisek, July 12th, 2017 Beginning in the late 1940s, the Polaroid Corporation would change the face of contemporary photography, both for everyday consumers and for artists. While instant cameras were originally marketed to families and amateur shutterbugs, the […]

L’Été plus vaste que l’Empire …

Wentrup Gallery Tempelhofer Ufer 22 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg Opening reception: Friday, 30 June 2017, 6 – 8 pm July 1 – August 5, 2017 Björn Braun, Günther Förg, Mary Heilmann, Gregor Hildebrandt, Barbara Kasten, Friedrich Kunath, John McAllister, Florian Meisenberg, Oliver Osborne, David Renggli, Daniel Richter, Kathleen Ryan, Wilhelm Sasnal, Kathrin Sonntag, He Xiangyu “The Summer […]

T | The New York Times Style Magazine

Collecting Madonnas, For Feminism’s Sake The Story of a Thing, As told to Emily Spivack, June 12, 2017 In this series for T, Emily Spivack, the author of “Worn Stories,” interviews creative types about their most prized possessions. The artist Barbara Kasten’s Madonnas are interspersed among other meaningful treasures from her family and travels — […]

Art Basel: Feature

Feature | Kadel Willborn | Hall 2.0 | J4 Messeplatz 10 4005 Basel, Switzerland June 15 – 18, 2017 Projects from established and historical artists are precisely curated by gallerists in the Feature sector. Projects may include solo presentations, juxtapositions, and thematic exhibits from artists representing a wide range of cultures, generations, and artistic approaches. […]


The Spirit of Experimentation: Barbara Kasten and László Moholy-Nagy by Carol S. Eliel Volume 50, Number 3, 2017, pp. 321-324 This article discusses how László Moholy-Nagy’s practice has informed Barbara Kasten’s in the context of their shared interest in experimentation and in the interdisciplinary, explicating those terms in both modernist and contemporary contexts. It considers […]

The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX June 3–September 3, 2017 WestLicht Museum for Photography, Vienna, Austria December 5 – March 4, 2018 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany March 16 – June 17, 2018 C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany July 7 – September 23, 2018 MIT Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts TBA, late […]

Enter Stage Left: the craft of theatre in art

Lewis Glucksman Gallery University College, Cork, Ireland April 14 – July 9, 2017 Curated by Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney Artists: Ella de Búrca, Lothar Götz, Aoibheann Greenan, Barbara Kasten, Gareth Kennedy, David Noonan, Alexandre Singh, and Althea Thauberger. The theatre is traditionally seen as a space of storytelling and illusion, where the spectator surrenders […]

Photo Kenetics: Movement, Body & Light in the Collections

Museum der Moderne Salzburg April 29-September 24, 2017 Mönchsberg 32 5020 Salzburg This is the first exhibition of works from the collection to explore the connection between movement, the body, and light. Kinetic objects, performances, and films will be shown in combination with photographs, photograms, lithographs, and drawings. The museum’s various holdings have yielded a […]

Eastman Museum Blog

#5WOMENARTISTS: Five Female Photographers You Should Know, by Lisa Hostetler, March 31, 2017 As a historian of photography, I’ve always been grateful that the medium’s canon contains a relatively large number of women’s names when compared to the other visual arts. Anna Atkins and Julia Margaret Cameron are well-known characters in the story of photography’s first […]

artnet news

4 Things You Can’t Afford to Miss at miart 2017, by Hili Perlson, March 31, 2017 From design collectibles to context-based conceptual pieces, this small fair has it all. “Though we would always say hello to each other at openings, it was only last year that we decided it was time to become better acquainted,” Kasten […]


Miart March 31 – April 2, 2017 Fiera Milano Spa Strada Statale del Sempione, 28 – 20017, Milan Booth C33 Barbara Kasten and Jessica Stockholder Bortolami, New York Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan Bortolami and Galleria Raffaella Cortese are pleased to present works by Barbara Kasten and Jessica Stockholder for the Generations section of miart 2017. […]

University of Disasters

Curated by Matthew Grumbach Bortolami 520 W 20th Street, New York March 30 – April 22, 2017 Opening Reception: April 4, 2017, 6-8pm Richard Aldrich, Robert Bordo, Daniel Buren, Tom Burr Simon Denny, Piero Golia, Ann Veronica Janssens, Barbara Kasten Jutta Koether, Slava Mogutin, Luigi Ontani, Anna Ostoya Claudio Parmiggiani, Daniel Pflumm, Jack Pierson, Sara […]

Light Play: Experiments in Photography, 1970 to the Present

LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA Art of the Americas, Level 2 February 12–June 18, 2017 (Saturdays and Sundays only) Light Play: Experiments in Photography, 1970 to the Present is a complementary exhibition to Moholy-Nagy: Future Present. Drawn from LACMA’s permanent collection, Light Play features a selection of still- and moving-image works by artists […]


Shape shifter: decoding Barbara Kasten’s perplexing Plexiglas creations, by Natalie Rigg, February 9, 2017 The classical confines of London’s Thomas Dane Gallery have been reinvigorated with a vibrant new survey of Barbara Kasten’s abstract works. On view through 25 May, ‘Intervals’ comprises a tightly edited overview of the Chicago-based artist’s oeuvre, which spans four decades […]

artnet news

Gallery Hopping: Barbara Kasten’s Experiments With Light and Sculpture at Thomas Dane, by Lorena Muñoz-Alonso, February 10, 2017 It’s the first solo exhibition in the UK of the Chicago-based artist. London’s Thomas Dane Gallery has staged the very first solo exhibition in the UK of Barbara Kasten, featuring both recent and historic works spanning more that 40 […]

Barbara Kasten: Intervals

Thomas Dane Gallery 11 Duke Street, St James’s, London February 3 – March 25, 2017 Opening Reception: February 2, 6-8pm Thomas Dane Gallery presents Intervals, the very first solo presentation in the UK of the internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Kasten (b. 1936). The exhibition displays both historic and recent works that showcase the Chicago-based artist’s […]


On Defiance: How women have resisted representational photography, by Eva Respini, Aperture 225, “On Feminism”, (Winter 2016) The winter issue of Aperture, “On Feminism,” arrives at a moment when the power and influence women hold on the world stage is irrefutable, and the very idea of gender is central to conversations about equality across the country, and […]

Less is a Bore: Reflections on Memphis

Curated by Julia Höner KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation Düsseldorf October 29, 2016 – February 11, 2017 Opening Reception: October 28, 2016, 7 pm Provocative and in love with decor, a challenge to all-powerful Modernism and animated by architecture – this is how Memphis design made a name for itself at the beginning of the […]


Off Vendome 254 West 23rd St. #2 New York, NY 10011 Barbara Kasten, Hilary Lloyd, John Miller, Stephen Willats Organized by Alex Kitnick November 5 – December 10, 2016 Continue to gallery site

Rotation 2015

Recent Acquisitions California Museum of Photography March 12, 2016 – June 24, 2017 UCR ARTSblock 3824 Main Street, Riverside, CA Ansel Adams, Laurie Brown, Phil Chang, Edward Sheriff Curtis, Whitney Hubbs, Barbara Kasten, Hiromu Kira, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Christopher Russell, Henry Holmes Smith, Penelope Umbrico, Wolf von dem Bussche, Bing Wright, and others […]

NewCity // Art 50 2016

Art 50 2016 Chicago’s Artists’ Artists Contributing authors: Kerry Cardoza, Ciera McKissick, Lee Ann Norman, Chris Reeves, Elliot J. Reichert, Anastasia Karpova Tinari and B. David Zarley. “Barbara Kasten: Stages,” the artist’s first major survey, opened last year at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Since then, the interdisciplinary artist has been everywhere. “Stages” travelled […]

Chicago Sun Times

Theaster Gates, Nick Cave among Chicagoans set for PBS showcase, by Kyle MacMillan The innovative, Bauhaus-influenced photography of Barbara Kasten, a native Chicagoan who moved back to the city in 1998, mediates between two and three dimensions. She was featured in a 2015 survey that was organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and […]

On Space and Place: Contemporary Art from Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Vancouver

DePaul Art Museum September 15 – December 18, 2016 Organized by DePaul Art Museum in collaboration with ART21 Joined by their commitment to free public access to contemporary art and innovative arts education, DePaul Art Museum has partnered with the Peabody Award-winning documentary series ART21 to exhibit the sixteen artists featured in the show’s new […]

Abstract Object

Art Institute of Chicago September 10, 2016–January 8, 2017 Gallery 188 László Moholy-Nagy (American, born Hungary, 1895–1946) pioneered approaches to abstraction using industrial technology and emphasized art viewing as an intellectual and physical encounter involving more than eyesight alone. A companion to the concurrent Moholy-Nagy retrospective, this exhibition examines the resonance of the artist’s experiments […]

Art Forum: Critics’ Picks

Barbara Kasten by Honora Shea HANNAH HOFFMAN GALLERY Barbara Kasten’s photographs and moving images have a lot to say about the relationships between perception and physical reality, and even the complicated dialogue between an image and its author. The oldest works in the show, “Constructs LB 1-6,” 1982, are small color Polaroid prints, which vibrantly record […]

Fabrik Magazine

Barbara Kasten: Stages, by Eva Recinos In a digital era that knows full well not to trust the images seen on the Internet, or even in person, it’s expected that we might approach photographs with a hint of reserve. How much of what we see is “true” to the extent that it looked just that […]

and, something like fire dancing

Susan Hobbs 137 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, Canada, M6J 2H2 September 8 – October 15, 2016 Opening reception Thursday, September 8th from 6 to 8 pm Amy Brener Patrick Cruz Barbara Kasten Scott Lyall organized by Ella Dawn McGeough Last winter, I spent 87 days on residency in the southwest corner of Peru in the Tambopata National Reserve, an area […]

I want the eyes to open – Josef Albers

Hannah Hoffman Gallery 1010 N Highland Avenue, Los Angeles 90038 July 23rd / July 23 – September 2, 2016 Opening Reception Saturday, July 23 from 5 – 7pm Continue to gallery website


Experimental photography: Barbara Kasten ‘Stages’ retrospective at MoCA, by Charlotte Jansen,  Art,  June 2, 2016 Bauhaus professor, painter and photographer László Moholy-Nagy once said that ‘the salvation of photography comes from the experiment’. In the 200 years since the first camera photographs were produced, the uses of the medium and its subject matter has expanded wildly – yet […]

Inszeniert! / Spectacle and Role Playing in Contemporary Art

Kunsthalle München Theatinerstrasse 8 80333 Munich August 19th – November 6th The exhibition in the Kunsthalle Munich brings together around ninety works from the Sammlung Goetz, featuring more than twenty distinguished international artists, such as Matthew Barney, Stan Douglas, Nan Goldin, Candida Höfer, Ulrike Ottinger, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Wall. The pieces were created between […]

X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly

Playtime, by Susanna Newbury, X-TRA  Summer 2016, Volume 18, Number 4 Lately, Barbara Kasten’s photographs have been extolled as precedents for a new generation of artists fascinated with photomaterialist processes. Often considered as a prehistory for contemporary discussions of analogic truth and sleights of indexicality, her works also famously engage styles of postmodernism: its architecture, its […]

Los Angeles Times

Take another look: The alternative world of ‘Barbara Kasten: Stages’, by David Pagel, June 8, 2016 “Barbara Kasten: Stages” makes you wonder why the Museum of Contemporary Art doesn’t organize more exhibitions like this: right-sized surveys of works by artists who are not superstars but whose oeuvres enrich a visitor’s understanding of the present. Organized […]

Gist & Gesture

Curated by Katherine Harvath Jun 4 – Aug 6, 2016 Opening Reception Saturday, June 4, 4–7 pm Kavi Gupta 835 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607 Featuring: Roger Brown, Edie Fake, Barbara Kasten, Aay Preston-Myint, Catherine Sullivan/Katarzyna Wińska, and Teatr Opera Buffa, & Nicholas Sullivan Centered around performativity in visual arts, Gist & Gesture includes […]

Barbara Kasten: Stages

MOCA Pacific Design Center 8687 Melrose Avenue West Hollywood, CA MAY 28 – AUG 14, 2016 Barbara Kasten: Stages is the first major survey of the work of Chicago-based artist Barbara Kasten. Widely recognized for her photography, this exhibition highlights Kasten’s nearly five-decades-long engagement with abstraction, light, and architectural form. Kasten’s work melds numerous artistic […]

Every Day I Make My Way

April 29– June 11, 2016 Opening: April, 29 6-8 PM Talia Chetrit, Moyra Davey, Barbara Kasten, Kate Newby Continue to gallery site

Tales of Ratiocination

24 February -­ 3 April 2016 Campoli Presti, London Tales of Ratiocination focuses on the delineation of a chain of operations, a subtle reasoning that establishes a set process for the making of artworks. For Edgar Allan Poe, ‘ratiocination’ meant the use of analytical powers to solve mysteries, using different kinds of information to explore, […]

Camera of Wonders

October 27, 2015–February 14, 2016 Opening: October 27, 7:30pm Centro de la Imágen Plaza de la Ciudadela 2 06040 Centro Histórico México AND Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellin April 20-June 26, 2016 Ciudad Del Río Carrera 44 N° 19A-100 Medellín, Colombia Colección Isabel y Agustín Coppel CIAC A.C. (Mexico City) and Kadist Art Foundation (Paris […]

Still Life with Fish: Photography from the Collection

Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024 Feruary 13-May 15, 2016 Themes of seriality, identity, and place explored in conceptual photography on the West Coast from the 1960s to the present. Since the 1960s Los Angeles has been a seminal location for experimental photography. Robert Heinecken’s founding of the photography program at UCLA […]

Chicago and Vicinity

Chicago and Vicinity March 5 – April 23, 2016 Opening, Saturday, March 5, 1-4 pm Shane Campbell Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Chicago and Vicinity, at the gallery’s new South Loop location. This marks the 150th exhibition organized by the gallery since its inception as a project space in Oak Park, IL in […]

Vitreous Humour

Kansas 210 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002 JANUARY 10 – FEBRUARY 14, 2016 Opening reception, Sunday 10 Jan., 6-8 PM KANSAS is pleased to announce Vitreous Humour with Robert Bordo, Tova Carlin, Christopher Hanrahan, Adam Henry, Barbara Kasten, Rob McLeish, Scott Nedrelow and Davina Semo. Opening January 10, the exhibition will run through February 14, […]

Celebrating Photography at the National Gallery of Art: Recent Gifts

National Gallery of Art West Ground Floor Galleries NOVEMBER 1, 2015 – MARCH 13, 2016 This exhibition will highlight a selection of photographs donated in honor of the 25th anniversary of the National Gallery’s photography’s collection. Marking the culmination of a year-long celebration of photography at the museum, this installation brings together an exquisite group of gifts, […]

Barbara Kasten and Amanda Ross-Ho

A conversation between artists Barbara Kasten and Amanda Ross-Ho for MOCA. The dialogue took place by phone from Kasten’s studio in Chicago and Ross-Ho’s studio in Los Angeles. This is part one of a two-part discussion and the first time the artists have spoken. Continue to site.  

Contemporary Art Review LA

Review of The Art of Our Time at MOCA Grand, by Evan Moffitt, September 23, 2015 When Helen Molesworth came to Los Angeles this year to replace Paul Schimmel as MOCA’s Chief Curator, many lauded her arrival as the museum’s saving grace. Her brilliant reinstallation of the permanent collection is proof that they were right. […]

Frieze Magazine

Review of Barbara Kasten at ICA Philadelphia, By Devika Singh, August 2015 Barbara Kasten’s giant Polaroids and cibachromes speak to our digital age from an analogue past that feels incredibly close. While our contemporary nostalgia for obsolete gizmos and technological processes often attaches itself to tired retro references, Kasten’s exuberant photo constructions of the 1980s have […]


Barbara Kasten’s Slippery Analog Photography, by Harry Swartz-Turfle, August 2015 PHILADELPHIA — Talking about the limitations of photography, painter David Hockney said that art “must deeply involve an observer whose body somehow has to be brought back in.” At the time, he was pessimistic about the medium’s possibilities. Enter Barbara Kasten. Kasten’s work looks like it’s from the […]

Barbara Kasten: Stages

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts OCT 03, 2015 – JAN 09, 2016 The Graham Foundation, in partnership with the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, is pleased to present Barbara Kasten: Stages, the first major survey of the work of Chicago artist Barbara Kasten. Organized in conversation with the artist and with full […]

The Architectural Impulse

Curated by Warren James Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, NY July 9 – August 14, 2015 “Cristin Tierney Gallery is pleased to present The Architectural Impulse, a group exhibition of artists whose works draw from the materials, processes and theoretical concerns of the architectural discipline. Curated by architect Warren James, The Architectural Impulse features artists […]

Imagine Reality

RAY 2015, MMK, Frankfurt, DE June 20- September 20, 2015 “The MMK will present the main exhibition, IMAGINE REALITY, in collaboration with the Museum Angewandte Kunst and the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. The photographic approaches featured in this show will focus above all on the boundaries between documentary, photo-journalistic, applied and artistic photography. The MMK 1 […]

Art Magazine

Alles ohne Pixel! By Claudia Bodin, July, 2015 (text not available in English) “Barbara Kasten steht in den Ausstellungsräumen des Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia vor einer ihrer Arbeiten. Es ist eines der Fotogramme von 1975, mit denen alles begann. Damals legte die Künstlerin Maschensiebe auf lichtempfindliches Papier. Sie experimentierte mit Chemikalien und […]


The Painstaking Process of Barbara Kasten’s “Stages” by Hannah Stamler, Mondern Painters, May 3, 2015 “This well-deserved survey, on view at ICA Philadelphia from February 3 to August 16, tracks the genesis of Barbara Kasten’s practice from the artist’s early woven sculptures to her transition to photography in the 1970s and output from the past […]

Mousse Magazine Online

Set Motion, April 28, 2015 “A restlessly inventive and experimental artist, Kasten began making art in the 1970s, engaging with Bauhaus pedagogy, Constructivism, the California Light and Space Movement, and Postmodern architecture and design. Her work sits at the intersection between photography, sculpture and installation, and this exhibition at Bortolami brings together two important bodies […]

Document Journal

Barbara Kasten: Refracted Light by Drew Sawyer, April 3, 2015 “Since the late 70s, Chicago-based artist Barbara Kasten has produced photographic work that exploits the medium’s inherent tension between representation and abstraction. She often builds large-scale models in her studio, or works with existing architecture, translating and altering space through mirrors, lighting, and compositional tricks…” […]

Art in America

An excerpt from the Art in America review by Serena Qiu, April, 2015 “The ground floor galleries of the Institute of Contemporary Art currently house “Stages,” the first and sorely overdue survey of Barbara Kasten’s photography-based, multi-medium practice. As a prismatic allusion, the show’s title bundles the themes of the exhibition: the theatricality of Kasten’s expansive process, the […]

The New Yorker

An excerpt from The New Yorker article, April 2015 “Active since the nineteen-seventies, the septuagenarian photographer of abstracted still-lifes has been rediscovered in recent years, in part because of her affinity with and influence on young hot shots like Liz Deschenes, Eileen Quinlan, and Jessica Eaton…” Continue to article

ArtNet News: 15 Artists to Watch in 2015

An excerpt from article by Christian Viveros-Fauné, April 20, 2015 “To paraphrase one astute museum curator, people should continually question who gets to be a contemporary artist today. That goes double for Barbara Kasten, a long under-recognized artist working in varied yet evidently sympathetic media like sculpture, painting, theater, textile, and installation…” Continue to article

ArtNet News: Top 10 New York Gallery Shows

An excerpt from article by David Ebony, April 22, 2015 “Coinciding with Barbara Kasten’s career retrospective currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia (see Christian Viveros-Fauné Selects 15 Artists to Watch in 2015), this exhibition, “Set Motion,” gives New York audiences a chance to explore Kasten’s experiments in melding photography with […]

Huffington Post reprint of Mutual Art article

An excerpt from article by Natalie Hegert, April 22, 2015 “Barbara Kasten: Stages,” curated by Alex Klein at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, is the first major survey of Kasten’s work, from her fiber sculptures from the early 1970’s, to a newly commissioned site-specific installation involving a nearly 30-foot-high video projection interacting […], New Peers in Contemporary Photography

An excerpt from article by Natalie Hegert, April 22, 2015 “Barbara Kasten: Stages,” curated by Alex Klein at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, is the first major survey of Kasten’s work, from her fiber sculptures from the early 1970’s, to a newly commissioned site-specific installation involving a nearly 30-foot-high video projection interacting […]

New York Times Review of SET MOTION

An excerpt from the New York Times review of SET MOTION by Martha Schwendener, April 23, 2015 “Like her current retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Barbara Kasten’s show in Chelsea includes both old and new work that serves to highlight connections and continuities across several decades…” Continue to article

photograph, Interview by Lyle Rexer

An excerpt from photograph magazine’s interview with Barbara Kasten by Lyle Rexer, March/April, 2015 “Barbara Kasten prefers not to call her exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphiathrough August 16 a retrospective. More like a report from the field. Her show Stages contains some 70 pieces, from early fabric works to wall projections made specifically […]


Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY April 2 – May 2, 2015   “A restlessly inventive and experimental artist, Kasten began making art in the 1970s, engaging with Bauhaus pedagogy, Constructivism, the California Light and Space Movement, and Postmodern architecture and design. Her work sits at the intersection between photography, sculpture and installation, and this exhibition […]

ARTFORUM Critics’ Pick

An excerpt from ARTFORUM online review of SET MOTION at Bortolami Gallery by Piper Marshall, April, 2015 “Barbara Kasten did not study with Josef Albers, but the Bauhaus ghosts her work. The photographs on view in her latest exhibition are constructions, geometric props positioned to throw colored light and shadows across the page. The plastic forms in these […]

THE SEEN: Chicago’s International Online Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art

An excerpt from THE SEEN’s review of Barbara Kasten: Stages by Joshua Michael Demaree, March 25, 2015 “Photographer Barbara Kasten’s work is like a jolt of electricity to the eye. Her signature pieces that feature the fragmentation of form coupled with a studied use of color is instantly striking, capturing the eye’s attention even thirty years after […]

Bomb Magazine

Interview: Barbara Kasten by Leslie Hewitt, March, 2015 “I had the chance to finally meet artist Barbara Kasten, after admiring her work from a distance since the late ’90s. We met formally through the exhibition The Material Image, curated by Deb Singer in 2014. The exhibition explored aspects of material specificity and medium definitions, among other […]

Art Press, The Movement of Memory

An excerpt from Art Press online interview The Movement of Memory an interview with Sara VanDerBeek, March, 2015 “Sara VanDerBeek belongs to the young generation of American photographers involved in the medium’s redefinition. Echoing the article « Paradoxical Abstraction » published in artpress, 420, March 2015, the artist talks to Etienne Hatt about abstraction, the importance of Barbara Kasten […]

The Inquirer, Art: The Many Aspects of Barbara Kasten

An excerpt from article Art: The Many Aspects of Barbara Kasten, March 15, 2015 by Thomas Hine “It is often easier to understand and respond to art that is either very old or very new than to the work of the recent past, two or three decades ago. After all, we are living in the same moment […]

Barbara Kasten: Stages

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia through August 15, 2015 “Barbara Kasten: Stages is the first major survey of the work of artist Barbara Kasten. Widely recognized for her photographs, since the 1970s Kasten has developed her expansive practice through the lens of many different disciplines, including sculpture, painting, theater, textile, and installation. […]

Women and Abstraction

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, Florida April 18 – August 2, 2015 “During the twentieth century, American women artists experimented with abstraction. Perhaps the most well-known American woman painter is Georgia O’Keeffe, who is represented in the permanent collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. O’Keeffe’s abstract tendencies resulted in dynamic representations of the physical […]

Extended Compositions

Kunstquartier Bethanien, Radialsystem V and St. Johannes Evangelist Church, Berlin, Germany March 6 – 29, 2015 “Approaching the web of relations between the fine arts and music in the structural interlinking of Both media, EXTENDED COMPOSITIONS makes a new and independent form of artistic practice visible, audible, and tangible. The exhibition Creates a sensually complementary-intersensual-combination of the two […]

PIN-UP Magazine, Casting Light

An excerpt from PIN-UP Magazine’s online article Casting Light, February 11, 2015 “After a career spanning over five decades without a major survey show, artist and photographer Barbara Kasten is finally getting her place in the spotlight. “Barbara Kasten: Stages”, now on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia, is the first in-depth examination of the artist’s […]

Architectural Digest, Daily Ad

Excerpt from the article in Architectural Digest, Daily Ad by Hannah Martin, February 9, 2015 “Artist Barbara Kasten’s abstract geometric photographs gained traction amid the spirited postmodernist climate of the 1980s. Mashups of color, shape, and shadow, the pictures represented sculptural assemblages of objects and props in a two-dimensional format. Now, in “Barbara Kasten: Stages,” […], 500 words

An excerpt from 500 words by Andrianna Campbell, January 31, 2015 “LIGHT IS THE ESSENCE OF PHOTOGRAPHY, but it is not what I am after. The important thing about light, to me, is not how it falls on an object, but how the shadow is created. I am photographing the shadow, and not the object […]

Art in America, Architectural Light by Barbara Kasten

Excerpt from Art in America article Architectural Light written by Barbara Kasten January 9, 2015 “For two years in the mid-1960s, when I was just out of college and ready to see the world, I lived and worked in various cities in Germany. It was my first time in Europe, and I was impressed by […]

The Invented Image: Photographs From the Collection

High Museum, Atlanta, GA, through January 4, 2015. “The Invented Image: Photographs From the Collection” is a grouping of 23 images drawn from the High’s holdings of experimental photography. The thread linking the photographers — including Vik Muniz, Dawoud Bey, David Hockney, Christopher Bucklow and Barbara Kasten — is their innovative approach to constructing images […]

The Material Image

Curated by Debra Singer. Marianne Boesky Gallery, September 13 – October 25, 2014, 118 East 64th St, New York, NY. “The Material Image” will bring together the work of artists whose material approaches to creating and presenting photographic images are in active dialogue with abstract painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and/or film traditions. Other artists in the […]

Photo Lab

New Mexico Museum of Art, NM, March 7, 2014 – March 15, 2015. The exhibition, which will change over time, features a variety of color processes from the museum’s collection.

The Will to Architecture

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX April 1 – July 6, 2014   The Will to Architecture explores artists’ desires to construct architectonic spaces through the medium and technology of photography, as observed in select photographs from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Dieter Appelt, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Marco Breuer, Carlos […]