Uta Barth (B. 1958) Ground #50, 1994 (This work is number four from the edition of five.)

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Lot 28
Uta Barth
(B. 1958)
Ground #50, 1994

Sold for US$ 3,825 inc. premium
Uta Barth (B. 1958)
Ground #50, 1994

signed, numbered and dated '4/5 Uta Barth 1994' (on the reverse)
chromogenic print on panel

27 1/2 x 29 1/2 in.
70 x 74.9 cm

This work is number four from the edition of five.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    ACME Gallery, Los Angeles
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

    Spanning the years 1994 to 1997, Uta Barth's Ground series consists of blurred images generated by focusing the camera on an unoccupied foreground. Created within the first year, Ground #50 occupies this hazy territory between abstraction and representation. The combination of the matte surface and the heavy wooden backing emphasizes the work's objecthood. Barth has said of the series, "A certain kind of confusion or questioning is the starting place of confronting much of the work. Certain expectations are unfulfilled: expectations of what a photograph normally depicts, of how we are supposed to read the space in the image, of how a picture normally presents itself on the wall (contained and enclosed by a frame that demarcates the area of interest and separates it from all that surrounds it in the room), etc. This kind of questioning and reorientation is the point of entry and discovery, not only in a cognitive way, but in a most visceral, physical and personal sense" (Sheryl Conkelton, "Uta Barth," Journal of Contemporary Art 8, no. 1 Summer 1997).
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