Barbara Kasten: Stages

1 Oct 2015 – 9 Jan 2016

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Graham Foundation

Illinois, United States

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The Graham Foundation, in partnership with the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, is pleased to present Barbara Kasten: Stages, the first major survey of the work of Chicago artist Barbara Kasten.


Organized in conversation with the artist and with full access to her extensive archive, the exhibition will include works spanning her nearly five-decade engagement with abstraction, light, and architectural form. Since the 1970s Kasten has developed her expansive photographic practice through the lens of many different disciplines, including sculpture, painting, theater, textile, architecture, and installation. Well known within photographic discourse, more recently she has begun to be reconsidered within the broader contexts of architectural theory and contemporary art.

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

Barbara Kasten: Stages is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue co-published by the Institute of Contemporary Art and JRP|Ringier that includes a biography of the artist, a conversation between Kasten and artist Liz Deschenes, and new scholarly essays by Alex Klein, Jenni Sorkin, and Alex Kitnick. Copies of the exhibition catalogue are available for purchase in the Graham Foundation Bookshop.

Additionally, the Graham Foundation and Distributed Art Publishers will co-publishBarbara Kasten: The Diazotypes, a special small-run artist book of Kasten’s diazotypes–a body of work she created while living in California in 1973 with a process used to create architectural blueprints. This unique artist’s book will be released at the exhibition opening on October 1, 2015, and will be available for purchase at the Graham Foundation Bookshop. Each copy will be signed and numbered by Kasten.

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