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In Her Own Words, Interview with Alex Klein & Barbara Kasten

An exert from Alex Klein’s interview from Hillman Photography Initiative – Carnegie Museum of Art “Curation can be a kind of storytelling—it is a chance to narrate or reframe an artist’s practice, but it is also a conversation. For the past two years I have been spending time with the artist Barbara Kasten as we […]

Aperture Magazine Spring 2014

Aperture Magazine Issue 214 Spring 2014

A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio

February 8–October 5, 2014 The Edward Steichen Photography Galleries, third floor, MoMA Construct I F, 1979, Polaroid Construct NYC 17, 1984, Cibachrome Bringing together photographs, films, videos, and works in other mediums, A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio examines the ways in which photographers and artists using photography have worked and […]

C PHOTO by Ivory Press

A forward written by Barbara Kasten The seventh volume of C Photo, Photographicness, is an introduction to the photographic language of fourteen artists who are undergoing new explorations into the material qualities of the medium and the  image‐making process. Each artist has developed a portfolio that  reveals their work processes, emphasising the way in which they carry out their current investigations and specific projects. This publication is the result of the diversity of their approaches, which provide a  constellation of ideas that are as thoughtful as they are materially inventive. Link to the website

Studio Life: Rituals, Collections, Tools, and Observations on the Artistic Process

In 2009 artist and writer Sarah Trigg embarked on an ambitious field expedition across the United States, interviewing more than 200 artists in their studios. She’sat down with everyone, from painters to performance artists, to investigate a wide range of artmaking practices. The result is Studio Life, a fascinating photographic and written account of 100 […]

1980s Style: Image and Design in The Dorsky Museum Collection

February 5 — July 13, 2014 Sara Bedrick Gallery, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New York The 1980s had a look all its own. 1980s Style includes prints, photographs, and jewelry from the collection of The Dorsky Museum that exemplify the stark geometries and vibrant colors of the decade. The exhibition asks to what extent […]

The Pommery Experience # 11 << An Odyssey: 30 years of FRAC Champagne-Ardenne >>

Domaine Pommery 5, Avenue du Général Giraud F-51100 Reims, France 11/15/13 – 6/30/14. The Pommery Experience # 11 celebrates the 30th anniversary of the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne. The exhibition is based around the presentation of 30 masterpieces from their remarkable collection. Link to the website

Mary Mary, Glasgow Duo Show in London

Installation image from Mary Mary Duo Show Laura Bartlett Gallery, London October 11 – November 23, 2013

12 Artists to see at FRIEZE London 2013

London’s largest gathering of visual art and contemporary intellect has arrived (continue reading…)

The Stand In (or A Glas of Milk)

The Museum of Public Fiction 749 Avenue 50 Los Angeles, CA 90042 This is an exhibition whose arrangement is unstable, whose parts accumulate and change over time. This exhibition is like a surrealist exercise; nonlinear, non-narrative, symbolic and referential. During three months, in three configurations, we will involve artists whose work mirror these ideas. Artists who […]

See the Light—Photography, Perception, Cognition: The Marjorie and 
Leonard Vernon Collection

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, October 27, 2013–March 23, 2014. Los Angeles residents Marjorie and Leonard Vernon began to collect photography in 1975, eventually building a collection of some 3,600 photographs spanning the entire history of the medium. In 2008 LACMA acquired the complete collection, making it possible for the museum to represent […]

Frieze Art Fair, Regent’s Park, London, England

October 17 – 20, 2013 Kadel Willborn What makes Barbara Kasten’s position so exceptionally relevant is that her abstract pictures are based on the real construction of expansive installations in front of the camera. This approach is based on Barbara Kasten’s roots as a sculptor, and the abstract tendencies in painting during the experimental “Light and […]

Color! American Photography Transformed

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX October 5, 2013–January 5, 2014 Through seventy-five key works, Color! tells the fascinating tale of photographers’ halting acceptance of color, revealing the diverse vibrancy informing their efforts to shape a creative language for its use, and explaining how the art world’s acceptance of color photography over […]


DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL October 11 – December 8, 2013 In its earliest days, photography was celebrated for its potential to create a historical record with unparalleled accuracy. History itself was thought to be one of the new medium’s most important subjects. Not only could photographs document extant remnants of the past, they could […]

Frankfurter Allgemein Zeitung

Galerie Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf ‘SCENES’ exhibition: May 24 – July 6, 2013.  Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Published June 6, 2013  In conversation: the photographer Barbara Kasten All That Postmodern Stuff Questions asked by Magdalena Kröner. The American photo-artist Barbara Kasten is currently experiencing a late but stellar career. A conversation on the chromaticity of black and […]

Think First, Shoot Later: Photography from the MCA Collection

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, MAY 18 – NOV 10, 2013 MCA Chicago’s in-depth photography holdings trace their trajectory back to the late 1960s, when the medium was reinvigorated under the influence of conceptual art. As in other areas of artistic activity during this period, a previous generation’s fixation on spontaneity, instinct, and truth to […]

Vision Magazine China

“Barbara Kasten Geometric Abstraction on Photography,” Vision Magazine China, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Freize Magazine

“Barbara Kasten,” Joseph Akel. Freize Magazine, Issue 154, April 2013, Reviews: Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA, pg 168s

A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

American Art Museum Washington, DC June 28, 2013 – January 5, 2014 A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum is organized around four major themes that defined American photographic character and culture. Each section ranges from the earliest examples of American photography to contemporary work. “American Characters” provides a diverse catalogue […]

Museum of Modern Art and Western Antiquities Department of Light Recordings, Section IV: Lens Drawings – Curated by Jens Hoffman

Marian Goodman Gallery Paris, France June 28 – August 2, 2013 Lens Drawings brings together a wide range of contemporary artists whose works outline recent trends and developments in photography. Yet Lens Drawings presents photography in quite a different way than a typical survey exhibition. Photographs will be shown in the gallery space as if […]

Prague Biennale Photo 3: Photography, Reconstructed

Freight Railway Station, Prague, Czech Republic June 6 – September 15, 2013 Curated by Pavel Vancát Photography, Reconstructed aims to capture the current non-figurative tendencies, as reactions to the decline of modern photography. Instead of simply capturing reality, the exhibited artists work with the deconstruction and reconstruction of the modernist photographic image. The picture here […]

Prague Biennale: Flow

Freight Railway Station, Prague, Czech Republic June 6 – September 15, 2013 Curated by Zuzana Blochova The curators do not define generational or local connections nor the current direction of contemporary art. Rather than being similar in content and form, what the artists have in common is their ability to let oneself be carried away […]


New Work and Installation, Kadel Willborn Gallery, Birkenstrasse 3, 40233 Düsseldorf, May 24 – June 21, 2013 The second solo exhibit with Kadel Willborn Gallery is at the new location in Dusseldorf. It includes a site specific video sculptural installation, SCENES which addresses the spatial quality and atmosphere of a theatrical set-up.   In addition each […]

The 5th Dimension

May 18 – July 6, 2013 Ricou Gallery Rue Souveraine 54 Opperstraat 1050 Brussels – BE Opening: Saturday, May the 18th from 2pm to 8pm What is the 5th Dimension? From astrophysical research to esoteric speculations on internet, including Maya’s calendar – pointing out that 2012 was the time for ultimate telluric transformation described as […]

The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation at Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

April 12 – June 30, 2013, This survey exhibition brings together ground breaking Polaroid pictures by forty artists spanning the period from the initial release of the SX-70 camera in 1972 until the present. The exhibition centers on experimentation and examines how the invention of instant photography—in particular Polaroid has influenced and inspired amateurs and […]

MiArt, Milan, Italy

Mary Mary Glasgow, UK Sara Barker and Barbara Kasten April 5 – 7, 2013

Black Rabbit, White Hole at Samuel Freeman Gallery

March 2nd – April 5th, 2013, “Black Rabbit, White Hole, [is] a group exhibition featuring artists based in and outside of Los Angeles.  Spanning photographic, painting, sculptural, and mixed media works, the exhibition takes on—and reverses—the common literary tropes of the black hole and the white rabbit.” Read more about the exhibition here.

Color Rush: 75 Years of Color Photography in America

February 22 – May 19, 2013, Today color photography is so pervasive that it is hard to believe there was a time when this was not the case. This exhibition and catalogue explore the historical developments that led to color photography becoming the norm in popular culture and fine art.  This project charts—from magazine pages to […]

Decenter: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show at Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center

Decenter: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show celebrates and re-evaluates the legacy of the 1913 Armory Show and cubist abstraction by featuring a group of 27 emerging and internationally recognized contemporary artists, who explore the changes in perception precipitated by our digital age and who closely parallel the Cubist vernacular of fragmentation, nonlinearity, simultaneity, and decenteredness. This show is curated by Andrianna Campbell and Daniel S. Palmer.

Beyond the Object at Brand New Gallery

Brand New Gallery presents Beyond the Object, a group show appositely conceived to combine works by artists with disparate backgrounds and from different generations, inevitably forced to confront themselves with production, exploring the interaction between composition and form which radically becomes an archetype endowed with its own language.

Behind the Curtain at Jessica Silverman Gallery

Jessica Silverman Gallery is pleased to present “Behind the Curtain,” an exhibition by Barbara Kasten, on view from December 14 to January 26, 2013.

Lost Line at LACMA

Two works from LACMA’s permanent collection included in Lost Line, on view from November 25, 2012–February 24, 2013

A Magazine

Editorial in Beirut-based A Magazine’s August/September issue

Art in America Interview

In interview with Art In America’s Courtney Fiske

New Yoker Mention

The New Yorker cited Constructs, Abrasions, Melons, Cucumbers at Bortolami Gallery in their July “Short List.”

Eclectic Coherence at EXPO Chicago

ECLECTIC COHERENCE Curated by Dawoud BeySeptember 20-23, 2012 Chicago is a world class city and the home of a number of world class artists, both established and emerging. This exhibition showcases both the works of some of Chicago’s established artists while also continuing to foster the conversation within the artist community by having these established […]

New City’s Artist’s Artists

Included in New City’s recent list of 50 artist’s artists in Chicago

TEKTONIKA – Kunstverein Nuernberg

Barbara Kasten Magicgruppe Kulturobjekt 7 July – 7 October 2012 Opening on Friday, 6 July 2012 at 6.30 The “Realistic Manifesto” by Antoine Pevsner and Naum Gabo was written in 1920. The term Tektonika refers here to a dynamic, abstract geometrical and ideal formal language. It also refers to a dynamic energy that moves tectonic […]

BORTOLAMI presents Barbara Kasten and Justin Beal

  Constructs, Abrasions, Melons and Cucumbers Barbara Kasten and Justin Beal June 21st through August 3rd, 2012 Opening Thursday June 21st, 6-8pm 520 West 20th St,  New York, NY 10011 NEW YORK, NY – Bortolami Gallery is pleased to present Constructs, Abrasions, Melons and Cucumbers, an exhibition of works by Barbara Kasten and Justin Beal […]

Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and Now

“It is another nature which speaks to the camera rather than to the eye” – Walter Benjamin, Little History of Photography (1929)   Abstract photography challenges our popular view of photography as an objective image of reality by reasserting its constructed nature. In his essay on the history of photography, Walter Benjamin articulates photography’s second […]

Artforum Review

ARTFORUM March 2012 Los Angeles: Barbara Kasten, Gallery Luisotti

Huffington Post Arts

From Huffington Post Arts: Haiku Reviews: From Vivaldi To Vivid Pop Art (PHOTOS) First posted: 01/06/2012 HuffPost Arts’ Haiku Reviews are biweekly features where we invite critics to review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditional Haiku form of 5x7x5 syllables, others might be a sonnet or even a string […]

Barbara Kasten: Experimental Photography from the 1970s at Gallery Luissoti

November 19, 2011 – January 7, 2012 Gallery Luisotti is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Barbara Kasten: Experimental Photography from the 1970s, opening November 19th. Kasten’s early concern with the interplay between sculpture, light, and installation in her art mirrored the greater interest of the then burgeoning California light and space movement arising in […]

Frieze Interview

Set Pieces October 24, 2011 By Anthony Pearson Barbara Kasten has been creating inventive and influential images for more than 40 years. Artist Anthony Pearson talked to her about theatricality, her approach to photography and what it means to ‘think like a painter’ Barbara Kasten’s artistic practice takes place in front of the camera as […]

Bad At Sports Interview

Barbara Kasten Talks With Heidi Norton October 21, 2011 GUEST POST BY HEIDI NORTON As a photography student of the mid/late 90′s, Barbara Kasten was of great significance to me. I lost track of her during the first decade of the millennium, as the contemporaries of the Becher’s school (Gursky, Ruff, Struth) dominated the art market with their […]

New City Reviews about art in Chicago

Studio Construct 118, 2011 Eye Exam: Concrete Light Sep 27, 2011 By Regan Golden-McNerney Since the 1970s, Barbara Kasten has been developing a distinct approach to abstract photography. Inspired by the simple forms used by Bauhaus artists from the 1930s, Kasten begins her process by arranging basic shapes and colored backdrops atop glass and mirrors. […] Review

ARTFORUM 09.30.11 Author: Claudine Ise 09.09.11-10.15.11 Tony Wight Gallery Since the mid-1970s, Barbara Kasten has been making abstract pictures that reveal and exploit the medium’s underlying properties—in particular, photography’s dependence on light to record material phenomena and its tendency to flatten or otherwise distort the viewer’s perceptions of a given volume, spatial relationship, or object. […] Review

New Art GALLERY WEEKEND CHICAGO by Pedro Vélez The road to recovery starts with recognizing that you have a problem. The good news is that Chicago’s problem has finally been diagnosed. Local collectors are not powerful, sexy or charismatic enough to sustain or promote the city’s art scene. So instead of crying like little babies […]

Chicago Tribune Review

Meeting at the intersection of blue and white September 21, 2011|By Lori Waxman, Special to the Tribune We tend to think of collaboration as something that happens intentionally. A certain number of people agree to work together, and jointly they produce a project. These people might be scientists, they might be educators, they might be […]

ineluctable – Solo Exhibition at Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago

ineluctable 9 September – 22 October 2011 Press Release ineluctable -unable to be resisted or avoided; inescapable Barbara Kasten’s newest series of abstract photographs records the consequential traces of light upon large-scale assemblages composed for the camera. Instead of using photography as record or reference, the physical object, which is the transparent Plexiglas plane, becomes […]

Book – “De Beers Jewelry”

Construct X-B, an 8 x 10 polaroid, is featured in Assouline’s De Beers Jewelry book.

Frieze Review

Barbara Kasten Galerie Kadel Willborn Barbara Kasten, Construct VII-A, 1981 Since the late 1970s, Barbara Kasten’s photographic works have toed a line between the abstract potential of the medium and its inescapable referentiality. Born in Chicago in 1936 and schooled in the historical formal vocabulary of Constructivism, Kasten creates spatial arrangements which oscillate between the […]

CHANNEL TO THE NEW IMAGE at Friedrich Petzel Gallery

June 30 – August 4, 2011 Dana Hoey, Barbara Kasten, Allizon Katz, Alex Kwartler, Miranda Lichenstein, Andrew Masullo, Rebecca Morris, Mariah Robertson, Dan Torop, Roger White Friedrich Petzel Gallery 535 W 22nd St,  New York, NY 10011

Untitled Document at Tony Wight Gallery

24 June – 13 August 2011 Tony Wight Gallery is pleased to present Untitled Document, an exhibition of works by Andrew J. Greene, Barbara Kasten, Josh Kolbo, Nazafarin Lotfi, Sean Raspet, David Schutter, and Justin Swinburne. The exhibition will be on view from 24 June – 13 August 2011 Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday […]

Polaroid [Im]possible at Weslicht

Polaroid [Im]possible at Weslicht 17.06.2011 – 28.08.2011 When the legendary Polaroid Collections of Europe & the USA were put on the market by the liquidators dealing with the assets of the insolvent company and they were going to be auctioned off by Sotheby’s New York, this caused a public outcry on the international photography circuit. […]

Book – “From Polaroid to Impossible. Masterpieces of Instant Photography. The WestLicht Collection”

“From Polaroid to Impossible. Masterpieces of Instant Photography. The WestLicht Collection” features Construct  PC III C, a 20 x 24 Polaroid. Edited by Achim Heine, Rebekka Reuter, Ulrike Willingmann, texts by Achim Heine, Barbara P. Hitchcock, Florian Kaps, graphic design by Heine/Lenz/Zizka German/English 2011. 192 pp., 230 color ills. 25.30 x 32.50 cm hardcover The […]

Distilled Moments at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Distilled Moments: Still Lifes from the Permanent Collection May 28 – September 18, 2011 This exhibition of 20th-century still life paintings and photographs, beginning with Pierre Bonnard’s Flowers in a Pitcher, produced in the early years of the 20th century and ending with Guillermo Srodek-Hart’s Gauchito Gil Sanctuary in 2006, hints at the range and […]

A Matter of Perspective at Kadel Willborn, Germany

A Matter of Perspective May 14- June 25, 2011 Galerie Kadel Willborn Hirschstraße 45 76133 Karlsruhe Germany Barbara Kasten’s photographs do not narrate and document stories, instead, they are a “print” of the abstract features of light and shadow. In the 1970s she began experimenting with photochemical reactions and photograms, which she painted over using […]

REMIX: Barbara Kasten w/ Lucky Dragons at Applied Arts

Remix—Barbara Kasten w/ Lucky Dragons March 12 – May 31, 2011 Opening Reception: Friday, March 11, 6-8pm Hours: Every following Friday and Saturday, 1-5pm and by appointment 845 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60607 Applied Arts is excited to present a multi-channel video installation by Barbara Kasten featuring sound by Lucky Dragons. Barbara Kasten is […]

ARTnews – Building Pictures

My work is mentioned in the March 2011 issue of ARTnews in Rebecca Robertson’s article “Building Pictures.” Studio Construct 69 (2008, pictured above) is featured on page 78. Read the article online and pick up a copy of the magazine at your local bookstore.

Book – L.A. Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980

I am included in the publication L.A. Rising: SoCal Artists before 1980. “L.A. Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980” is the first comprehensive pictorial showcase of the diverse universe of artists working in the Los Angeles area during the formative period of Los Angeles’ art history. Over 800 color and 100 black and white images of […]

‘CONSTRUCTIONS’ at Carl Freedman Gallery, London

Barbara Kasten, Construct VI-B 1981 Barbara Kasten and Alexandra Leykauf 27th January – 26th February 2011 Carl Freedman Gallery 44a Charlotte Road, London The montaging of history and place is at the heart of Alexandra Leykauf’s practice. Pictorial compositions are made through the juxtaposition or superimposition of photographic reproductions or photocopies of source photographs […]

The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography at the Center for Creative Photography

Cornell Fine Arts Museum Organized by Aperture Foundation January 14 – March 27, 2011 From the beginning, abstraction has been intrinsic to photography, and its persistent popularity reveals much about the medium. The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, curated by Lyle Rexer, showcases the work of more than twenty contemporary photographers who base […]

Immaterial at Ballroom Marfa

3 October 2010 – 20 February 2011, “Immaterial,” Curated by Fairfax Dorn Ballroom Marfa’s Fall exhibition, Immaterial, will focus on the physical and psychic tensions between form, color and space across varied visual and structural mediums. The exhibition seeks to examine the metaphysical aspects of artistic production through a selection of artworks that challenge the […]

Just a Matter of Time at Galerie Kadel-Willborn

“Just a Matter of Time” July 4 – September 4, 2010 Allan McCollum, Barbara Kasten, Jimmy Robert, Katja Strunz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jennifer West The sequence of individual actions results in a specific present time. Past actions are part of this present, which is itself merely a passage to the future.  In different ways, the artists Barbara Kasten, […]

Abstracting Light at Galerie Almine Rech

Barbara Kasten – “Abstracting…Light” May 6 – June 22 2010 Organized in collaboration with Olivier Renaud-Clément Almine Rech Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Barbara Kasten in France in twenty years, “abstracting… light”. With this exhibition she continues the ongoing research residing at the core of her practice since the 1970s: […]

Terminus Ante Quem at Shane Campbell

In a Paperweight at Tony Wight Gallery

In a Paperweight Walead Beshty, Sebastiaan Bremer, Daniel Gordon, Tamar Halpern, Barbara Kasten, Sara VanDerBeek and James Welling 16 April – 15 May 2010 Opening Reception: 16 April, 5–8pm “Death exists—in a paperweight, in four red and white balls on a billiard table—and we go on living and breathing it into our lungs like fine […]

Group Show at Monique Meloche

Karl Haendel & Walead Beshty Sheree Hovsepian Barbara Kasten Opening Reception: Saturday, March 20, 4-7pm Monique Meloche 2154 W. Division (New Location) Chicago, IL 60622

Let There be Geo at A+D Gallery

Let There Be Geo Curated by Elizabeth Burke-Dain March 4 – April 24, 2010 Opening reception: March 4, 5-8 pm Let there be Geo takes a contemporary look at visual artists who use geometric form in their work. While geometric form is not a new phenomenon, geo forms are appearing in some of the most […]

Starburst: Color Photography in America at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970 – 1980 Cincinnati Art Museum, February 13 – May 9, 2010 Garish, pedestrian and commercial – that’s how critics characterized color photography in the 1970s. It was in fact an explosion of color and the beginning of a new form of art. Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980 is […]

Shadow = Light at Gallery Luisotti

SHADOW = LIGHT January 16 – March 13 Gallery Luisotti Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30-6pm at Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. bldg a2 Santa Monica CA 90404 In her latest exhibition, Kasten traces back to a familiar theme that has informed her practice since the 1970s: the interplay between light and form. The exhibition will feature […]

Book – “The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography”

“The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography” by Lyle Rexer, a book published by Aperture, is now available.  One of my 20×24 Polaroid from 1981 is the frontispiece for the book and two Studio Constructs appear on pages 160-161.

Book – “Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980”

“Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980,” a full color catalogue published by by Hatje Cantz and distributed by DAP/Distributed Art Publishers and including texts by Kevin Moore, James Crump and Leo Rubinfien. The catalogue will be released in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition in Cincinnati and can be purchased ($70) at the Cincinnati […]

Through a Glass Darkly at SubCity Projects

“Through a Glass Darkly” is a new trans-media, site specific installation in which Kasten explores her relationship to the phenomenology of light in the process of image-making. This is a partial view of the installation at SubCity Projects.

Barbara Kasten: The Edge of Vision Interview Series

Barbara Kasten presents her work Studio Construct 17 as based on physical constructions that play with light and are created only for the purpose of being photographed. By this approach, the photograph itself becomes the object and is removed from being representative or documentary. Kasten expands that while subject matter is inherent to photography, her […]

University of California at Riverside/MCP Podcast

This podcast features an audio recording of a conversation with photographer Barbara Kasten dated March 22, 1982. Listen to it here.