Uta Barth

Biography of Uta Barth

Los Angeles-based contemporary photographer Uta Barth (born 1958 in Berlin, Germany) began her career intermingling elements of painting and photography, which led to the evolution of her style of blurred photography for which she is known. This deliberate break from photographic convention makes her works instantly recognizable.


Rather than make Uta Barth’s works about any central subject matter, she is renowned for her “empty” creations. She experiments with obstruction and light and in doing so creates blurred, atmospheric images, reminiscent of abstract painting thorough which she is able to explore perception itself as a subject.


Uta Barth has been exhibited internationally and is represented in the collections of numerous prestigious institutions such as MoMA in New York, Tate Modern in London and the Museums of Contemporary Art in LA and Chicago, to name but a few. The artist received a BA from the University of California, Davis in 1982 and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1985. She currently serves as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art at the University of California, Riverside; where she has taught since 1990.

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