…and of time (aot 4) (detail), 2000, Uta Barth. Chromogenic prints. Getty Museum. © Uta Barth
For more than forty years, Los Angeles–based artist Uta Barth (born in West Germany, 1958) has made photographs that investigate the act of looking. In her multipart works, she explores the ephemeral qualities of light and its ability to overwhelm and entirely destabilize human vision. In certain series, the repetition of motifs—including aspects of her home—creates a rhythm that suggests movement, carrying viewers from one image to the next. Barth also highlights photography’s abiding connection to the passage of time with her sequential images captured at intervals over a particular period.
This exhibition traces Barth’s career from her early experimentations as a student to later studies of the eye’s capabilities and the camera’s role in helping an artist translate visual information into a photograph. Barth’s most recent work is displayed here for the first time: a project commissioned in celebration of the Getty Center’s twentieth anniversary.
Generous support from Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Barbara Timmer
Additional support from Visionary Women