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American photographer Tina Barney is best-known for her large, colourful, expressive portraits of well-to-do East Coast residents, many of whom are family and friends. While the 72-year-old, New York-based artist has been photographing family and friends for nearly 50 years, she has also shot breathtaking landscapes, mostly of favored New England locales.

Now, in an exhibition titled “Landscapes,” Paul Kasmin Gallery in Manhattan is featuring new and never-before-seen works by Barney, who first experimented with landscape photography in the late 1980s but didn’t revisit the subject matter again until 2017.

Works on view at the gallery include distant views of shingled houses, rocky coastlines, small town thoroughfares and main street squares. These landscapes show Barney taking new ownership over the large format medium of colour photography, as she employs the same sophisticated devices, but with an expanded field of vision. Even though these outdoor scenes seem to be a radical departure for the artist, they still exude the intimate candidness and strong sense of American nostalgia that represent Barney’s work.

“Landscapes” is Barney’s first New York solo exhibition in three years, and it follows high-profile shows of her work at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2015 and Kunsthalle Wien in Austria in 2017. Most recently, in September 2017, Rizzoli published Tina Barney, a volume that chronicles four decades of the artist’s work. Barney’s photographs are part of various public collections, including those of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Whitney Museum of American Art, also in New York.

“Landscapes” runs until March 3 at Paul Kasmin Gallery in Manhattan.


Featured image: Tina Barney, The River, 2017, chromogenic colour print, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, Edition of 5 (#1/5) © Tina Barney, Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery.

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