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Uta Barth

German/American, b. 1958

Nowhere Near (Untitled 99.20)

Chromogenic prints in artist frame; Diptych
35.25 x 44.25 x 1.5 in.
Gift of Michael Schreter

Inverting the understanding of foreground and background within photography, Barth’s pieces focus on an empty foreground, often highlighting a busy, poignant or chaotic background. Nowhere Near features views from Barth’s Los Angeles home. The prints capture an exposure involving multiple days and times creating a layered view. By combining and overlaying multiple exposures, Barth highlights different elements.

Born in Berlin in 1958, Barth moved from West Germany to California with her family. Barth received her Bachelor of Art from the University of California, Davis in 1982 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1985. Following her graduation, she worked as a professor, teaching in the art departments of the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and the University of California, Los Angeles. Barth has been on the faculty of the University of California, Riverside since 1990.

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