MoCA Museum of Contemporary Art

Barbara Kasten

28 May - 14 Aug 2016

Barbara Kasten
Construct NYC 20 (detail), 1984
Cibachrome print
29 1/2 x 37 1/2 in.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Vernon
28 May – 14 August 2016

Barbara Kasten: Stages is the first major survey of the work of Chicago-based artist Barbara Kasten. Widely recognized for her photography, this exhibition highlights Kasten’s nearly five-decades-long engagement with abstraction, light, and architectural form. Kasten’s work melds numerous artistic styles and histories, combining compositions rooted in hard-edge abstract painting, forms and arrangements that address the spatial concerns of modernist sculpture, and highly technical color photography printing methods that deliver voluptuously saturated images. The exhibition makes links between her more well-known photographic series of studio constructions and architectural interventions and her earliest fiber and mixed-media works, cyanotype prints, forays into set design, and new photographic works that continue her investigations of color, line, texture, and space. This presentation of the exhibition at MOCA Pacific Design Center will focus on her early furniture design-based sculptures as well as her elaborately staged photographs of postmodern architecture, such as Frank Gehry’s Loyola Law School building in Los Angeles, Richard Meier’s High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and MOCA's own Grand Avenue building designed by Arata Isozaki.

Barbara Kasten: Stages is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania and is curated by ICA Curator Alex Klein.

Ongoing support for all exhibitions at MOCA is underwritten by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions including major annual funding provided by Shari Glazer, and Hästens, generous annual funding provided by Thao Nguyen & Andreas Krainer.

Major support for Barbara Kasten: Stages has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage , with additional support from the Nancy E. and Leonard M. Amoroso Exhibition Fund, Pamela Toub Berkman & David J. Berkman, Bortolami, the Carol T. & John G. Finley Fund, Kadel Willborn Gallery, the Marjorie E. and Michael J. Levine Fund, Toby Devan Lewis, Amanda & Andrew Megibow, Stephanie B. & David E. Simon, Babette L. & Harvey A. Snyder, and Meredith L. & Bryan S.Verona.

Tags: J. Fiber, Frank Gehry, Barbara Kasten