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Uta Barth

Uta Barth

Untitled (Diptych), 1998

color photograph on sintra

41 x 105 ½ in (41 x 51 ½ in each)

Museum purchase with funds from the Janet and Robert Liebowitz Acquisitions Fund

1998.08.01 a-b

Uta Barth (born 1958 in Berlin) is an european artist based in Los Angeles. Barth challenges the traditional conventions of photography of figures, ground, light, and space. In her photographs, the subject is displaced only the out-of-focus background remains. Ultimately, Barth takes photographs of nothing, deliberately obscuring images to make photography a more abstract art form.

Untitled is the image of a house that is out of focus, yet the picture gives out a sense of familiarity, as if it captured the view of someone looking out of the window of a moving car. Barth’s picture has a lack of narrative, repetition of forms, and an aura of emptiness. The meaning of these deceptively “empty” images becomes nascent in the viewer’s imagination.

[description:] two large-scale photographs depicting the same house in different angles. Both pictures are out of focus. The house is white, with a terracotta colored roof. The first photograph is a closer look of the house than the second one. There is not much difference in the angles the pictures were taken.


… In Passing Portfolio, 1995 – 1997

color photograph

dimensions variable