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"Swimming," with text by Tina Howe, published in 1991 by the Library Fellows of the Whitney Museum of Art in an edition of 175. Signed "Tina Barney & Tina Howe" in pencil on the colophon page. Nine chromogenic prints, measure 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) each, in a quarter-leather binding, presented in a cloth portfolio case which measures 13.5 x 17 inches (34.3 x 43.2 cm). The photographs are in excellent condition; light wear to exterior of book and case.

Tina Barney (American, b. 1945) uses portraiture to capture the lifestyles and family dynamics of those around her. Born and raised in New York, NY, Barney’s photographic career began in the 1970’s. She studied at the Sun Valley Center for Arts and Humanities in Ketchum, ID, from 1976 to 1979. Barney’s large-scale color photographs are reminiscent of classical portraiture, but they depict the confines and lifestyles of modernity, most often of the artist’s affluent friends and family. Though Barney frequently plays the role of passive observer, the majority of her works are studied and well-orchestrated scenes, the figures and settings carefully arranged to portray the image she desires.

Barney has completed workshops with Frederick Sommer, Roger Mertin, Joyce Niemanas, Duane Michals, Nathan Lyons, John Pfahl, and Robert Cumming. She was the recipient of the 1991 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and the 2010 Lucie Award for Achievement in Portraiture. Barney’s published works include Players (2010), The Europeans (2005), Theater of Manners: Tina Barney (1997), and Friends and Relations (1992). The artist’s works have appeared in numerous publications, editorial work, group shows, and solo shows; in addition, her pieces have appeared in public institutions throughout the U.S. including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Barney currently lives and works in New York City and Rhode Island.

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  • Pickup Location: Michigan, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 14 in. (27.94 x 35.56 cm.)
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