New York

Uta Barth

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

In her latest body of work, Uta Barth has turned away from the peripheral spaces that she spent the last fifteen years photographing: a patch of sun scored by the shadow of a windowpane; the blurred corner of a room; a nondescript fragment of landscape viewed from inside. Here she surprises with deliberate, colorful foci: vases of flowers, each placed near a shaded window on a counter inscribed with the dark outline of a square. The images suggest domesticity yet feel coolly Minimalist, juxtaposing the organic and the geometric, the kitsch associations of still life and the pristine plainness of Conceptualism. While the subject remains quotidian—the setting could be a kitchen; the arrangements are modest and casual—the presentation of an isolated object shifts the emphasis from the indifferent gaze to the attentive stare.

Barth’s work has always been painterly: Mounted between two sheets

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