Barbara Kasten

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Barbara Kasten
Scene III, 2012.jpg
Scene III, 2012
EducationCalifornia College of Arts and Crafts
Known forConceptual Art
MovementContemporary Art
AwardsGuggenheim Fellowship; National Endowment of the Arts Grant; Fulbright Hays Fellowship; Distinguished College Artist, Columbia College Chicago

Barbara Kasten (born 1936) is an American artist. Kasten trained as a painter and textile artist at the University of Arizona (BFA), the California College of Arts & Crafts (MFA) with Trude Guermonprez, and a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship at the University of Fine Arts in Poznań with Magdalena Abakanowicz.[1] She was influenced by the Bauhaus movement and László Moholy-Nagy.[2] After school, she turned to photography to encompass her interdisciplinary work, beginning in 1973 with the commercial process of diazotype and subjects reminiscent of performance art.[1] Working for over 40 years, she is often inspired by the act of depicting a three-dimensional space onto a two-dimensional plane.[3][4] She often uses mirrors, lights, and props for conceptually-based pieces.[5] As she continues her practice, her work has continued to pure abstraction.[6]

Kasten has exhibited worldwide and is a sought after lecturer[7] and has had many commissions and residencies, including a Capp Street Residency. She has taught and influenced many photographers and artists and holds the position of Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College Chicago. She has won many awards, notably the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.[8]

In 2015, Kasten was given the first career survey of her work, entitled "Barbara Kasten: Stages" at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.[9] It traveled to the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts where it was presented in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.


  • Barbara Kasten: The Diazotypes, edited by Ellen Alderman and Lisa Leshowitz, text by Alex Klein. Chicago: Graham Foundation; New York: DAP, 2015.
  • Barbara Kasten: Stages, JRP|Ringier, Zurich, essays by Alex Kitnick, Alex Klein, Jenni Sorkin (2015) (ISBN 9783037644102)
  • Barbara Kasten: Works 1986-1990, RAM, Tokyo, Japan, essays by Deborah Irmas, Meg Perlman, Michele Druon (1991) (ISBN 096307850X)
  • Constructs: Barbara Kasten, New York Graphic Society and The Polaroid Corporation, essay by Estelle Jussim (1985) (ISBN 0821215833)
  • How We See: Photobooks by Women,Russet Lederman; Olga Tatskevich; Michael Lang; Miyako Ishiuchi; Kristen Lubben; New York City : 10x10 Photobooks, 2018[10]

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Select Solo Exhibitions[edit]

  • "Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber", Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, U.A.E. (2019)[14]
  • "Intervention, 2018" at Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon, AON Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois (2018)[15]
  • "Barbara Kasten: Stages", Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2015)
  • “Experimental Work from 1970”, Pacific Standard Time, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica (2011)
  • “Ineluctable”, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago (2011)
  • Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago (2007)
  • Yancey Richardson Gallery. NY (2006) (1998)
  • Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania (1995)
  • International Center of Photography Midtown, New York, New York (1989)
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1982)
  • Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York (1976)


  1. ^ a b Fulton, Lauren R. "On Paper, on Chairs: Barbara Kasten," Art in Print, Vol. 6 No. 4 (November–December 2016).
  2. ^ Irvin, Nick (2012-07-27). "Reality at the Core: Q+A with Barbara Kasten - Interviews - Art in America". Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  3. ^ "Frieze Interview". Barbara Kasten. 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  4. ^ Holly Myers (December 3, 2011). "Art Review: Barbara Kasten at Gallery Luissoti". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Barbara Kasten 20x24 Constructs". 20x24 Gallery. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Regan Golden-McNerney (September 27, 2011). "Eye Exam:Concrete Light". NewCity Art. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Artist Talk: Barbara Kasten". Aperture Gallery and Bookstore. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Guggenheim Fellowship "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2014-04-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Barbara Kasten: Stages". Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  10. ^ Lederman, Russet; Tatskevich, Olga; Lang, Michael; Ishiuchi, Miyako; Lubben, Kristen; Abenavoli, Valentina (2018). How we see: photobooks by women. ISBN 9780692144299. OCLC 1050446852.
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  13. ^ "Searchable Art Museum". New Mexico Museum of Art. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
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  • Barbara Kasten and Justin Beal The New Yorker Art
  • Rexer, Lyle, and Lesley A. Martin. The edge of vision: the rise of abstraction in photography. Aperture, 2009.
  • Maul, Tim. "What Is a Photograph?." Afterimage 41.6 (2014): 22.
  • Robertson, Rebecca. "Building Pictures." Art News, March (2011).
  • Solomon-Godeau, Abigail. "Living with contradictions: critical practices in the age of supply-side aesthetics." Visual Culture: The Reader, London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi: Sage (1999): 224-43.
  • Riches, Harriet. "Projecting Touch: Francesca Woodman's Late “Blueprints”." Photographies 5.2 (2012): 135-157.
  • Adamson, Glenn. "The Fiber Game." Textile: the Journal of Cloth and Culture 5.2 (2007): 154-176.

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