Uta Barth (American/German, b.1958), a Contemporary photographer, was born in Berlin, Germany. She received her BA from the UC Davis (University of California Davis) in 1982 and an MFA from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) in 1985. Her early work was a combination of painting and photography that led to her developing her signature style of blurry photographs as seen in Ground (1992–1997) and Field (1995). These works were created by focusing the camera on an empty foreground, thereby casting a haze over the image in the background. This idea of obscuring the image in order to highlight the photographic process has continued throughout her work. A large part of Barth’s work has been the interplay between the photographs and the environment in which they are shown, such as her show at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH, in 1997. Barth continued to experiment with obstruction and light with series such as Sundial (2007–2008) and …and to draw a bright line with light in 2011. Barth’s work has been shown all over the world and is owned by institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in London. In 2007 she received the USA Broad Foundation Fellow and was given a grant by United States Artists. She now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Timeline

1958
Born in Berlin, Germany
1983–1984
National Arts Association
1990–1991
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1992–1993
AMI Grant (Art Matters Inc., New York), Visual Artist Fellowship
1994–1995
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1995
AMI Grant (Art Matters Inc., New York), Visual Artist Fellowship
2004–2005
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
2008
United States Artist Grant
2010
Lives in Los Angeles, CA
2012
MacArthur Fellow
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
1990–present
Professor, University of California at Riverside, Dept. of Art

Exhibitions

2012
Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2011
…and to draw a bright white line with light., 1301PE, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
2011
Uta Barth, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA (solo)
2011
…and to draw a bright white line with light., Tanya Bonakdar (solo)
2011
Magical Consciousness, curated by Runa Islam, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
2011
…and to draw a bright, white line with light The Art Institute of Chicago 1979-1982, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2010
…to walk without destination and to see only to see. 1301PE, Los Angeles
2010
Adrehn Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2010
Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art. Museum of Modern Art, New York
2010
Contemporary Impressionism: light, color, form and time, LA Art House, Los Angeles
2010
Starburst, Color Photography in America 1970 -1980. Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
2010
Del paisaje recente, Museo Colecciones Ico, Madrid, Spain
2010
Incognito, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
2010
Thrice upon a time, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm
2010
The Traveling Show, Fundacion/Coleccion Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico
2010
InVisible: Art at the Edge of Perception, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts
2010
State of Mind: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California
2010
Meet Me Inside, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
2010
Library of Babel/In and Out of Place, Zabludowicz Collection, London
2010
Inside Out: Photography After Form: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) Miami, USA
2010
Place as Idea, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
2010
The Artist Museum, MOCA, Los Angeles and Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA
2010
Keeping Time; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand. Traveling exhibition
2010
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2009
New Acquisitions. The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2009
Chelsea Visits Havana, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana
2009
Elements of Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
2009
Flower Power, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2009
The Reach of Realism, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
2009
Winter Light, 1301PE, Los Angeles
2009
History of Photography in the Microsoft Art Collection, Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, Washington
2008–2009
Keeping Time, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand, (traveling exhibition)
2008
Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
Andréhn Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2008
BESart—The Present: An Infinite Dimension, Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon
2008
Held Together with Water (Spaces / Places), Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul
2008
Inside/Outside: Interior and Exterior in Contemporary German Photography, Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Innenhafen Duisburg, Germany
2008
Las Vegas Collects Contemporary, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas
2008
Memory Is Your Image of Perfection, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California
2008
_SAM at 75: Building a Collection for Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
2008
Southern Exposure: Works from the Collection of the San Diego MCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
2008
This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California; traveled as Le paradis, ou presque: Los Angeles (1865–2008) to Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, and Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France
2008
# # Affinities, Alignments, Collisions, 601Artspace, New York
2008
Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
2008
Photographic Works (To Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts), Cohan and Leslie, New York
2008
Seeing the Light, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
2007
Depth of Field: Modern Photography at the Metropolitan, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2007
Mar Vista; domestic setting Gallery, Los Angeles
2007
Is this all there is t o fire? A show about boredom; High Energy Constructs, Los Angeles
2007
Viewfinder; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2007
City Limits: Shanghai-Los Angeles; University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach
2007
Seeing Things; Dorsky Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2007
Final Exhibition at 4 Clifford Street; Alison Jaques Galler
2007
Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles
2007
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City
2007
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, KS
Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006
Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2006
New Acquisitions Moderna Museet, Stockholm
2006
Me, Myself and I, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2006
Whisper Not! Huis Marseille / H+F Collection. Amsterdam
2006
Inner gogo; vamiali’s, Athens, Greece
2006
Paisajes fotográficos, entre la topografía y la abstracción. at PHotoEspaña 2006, Madrid, Spain
2006
City Limits, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach
2006
Shifting Terrain, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2006
Frontiers: Collecting the Art of Our Time, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
2006
Tracking and Tracing: Contemporary Art Acquisitions 2000-2005, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
2006
Naturaleza, PhotoEspana 2006, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2006
Gallery Seomi & Tuus, Seoul, Korea (solo)
2006
Uta Barth: 1998-2005, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN (solo)
2006
Uta Barth; 2005-2006, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
2005
Out There: Landscape in the New Millennium, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio
2005
Das Verlorene Paradies, Opelvillen, Museum, Rüsselsheim
2005
Double Exposure, Galerie Graff, Montreal
2005
In Focus: Themes in Photography, Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo
2005
Double Exposure, Inman Gallery, Houston
2005
Back From Nature, Institute of Contemporary Art at MCA, Portland
2005
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston
2005
Double Exposure, Godt-Cleary Projects. Las Vegas
2005
Southern Exposure, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
2005
New View, Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art, Carlsen Center, Kansas City
2005
Uta Barth : nowhere near, ...and of time, white blind (bright red), (1999 - 2000), Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
2004
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004
From House to Home: Picturring Domesticity, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2004
Double Exposure, Trawick Contemporary, Berkeley, CA
2004
Double Exposure, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR
2004
Double Exposure, Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2004
Double Exposure, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
2004
Double Exposure, Galerie Graff, Montreal, Canada
2004
In Focus: Themes in Photography, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo
2004
The World Becomes a Private World, Mills Art Museum, Oakland
2004
Pairings, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art’s , Dallas
2004
Atmosphere, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
2004
Winter Time, ACME., Los Angeles
2004
Godt Cleary Gallery. Las Vegas
2004
Moving Pictures: Contemporary Photography and Video from the Guggenheim Museum Collection, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2004
Photography and Place: Contemporary Work from the Museum’s Collection, RISD Museum, Providence, Road Island
2004
Neue Editionen, Edition Schellmann, Munich
2004
Double Exposure, Galeria 2000 GbR, Nuremberg
2004
Double Exposure, Brigitte March Stuttgart, Stuttgart
2003
Moving Pictures: Contemporary Photography and Video from the Guggenheim Museum Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
2003
Public Record, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2003
Imagine: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
2003
ACME. @ Inman, Inman Gallery, Houston
2003
New Selections from the Permanent Collection, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
2003
Edition Speciale, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris
2003
Beside, ACME., Los Angeles
2003
Imperfect Innocence: The Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, and Palm Beach, Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth
2003
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
2003
Double Exposure, G Dine Art, Washington D.C.
2003
white blind (bright red), Sies and Hoeke, Dusseldorf, Germany
2003
white blind (bright red), Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden
2002
white blind (bright red), Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
2002
white blind (bright red), ACME, Los Angeles, CA
2001
Uta Barth 1991-94, Lawing Gallery, Houston, TX
2001
Between Places, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX
2000
nowhere near, Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe
2000
nowhere near, JCCC Gallery of Art, Overland Park, Kansas
2000
Uta Barth, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA (traveling)
1998
ACME, Los Angeles, CA
1998
From the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1998
Women Who Shoot, Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
1998
Spread, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997
Object and Abstraction: Contemporary Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1997
Scene of the Crime, Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1996
Light, Time, Focus, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995
Focus Series: Uta Barth, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
New Photgraphy 11, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Human/Nature, New Museum, New York, NY
1994
Gallery 954 Chicago, IL
Diverse Perspectives, San Bernidino Museum of Art, San Bernidino, CA
1993
From Without, The Portfolio, Los Angeles, CA
Untitled, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
1989
Untitled, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles, CA
University Art Gallery, Univ. of California Riverside, CA
The Flower Show, Design Center, Theater Art Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1985
Untitled (Individual Installation as part of "Emerging Artists Exhibition"), Frederick S. Wight Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1982
Five Photographers, Joseph Dee Museum of Photography San Francisco, CA

Public Collections

Goldman Sachs International, New York, New York, USA.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA.
Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, USA.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, USA.
Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Arnhem, Holland.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo New York, USA.
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Washington, USA.
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, Florida, USA.
Citibank, London, England.
Citicorp Collection, New York, New York, USA.
Creative Artists Agency, Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Deutsche Bank Art, Germany.