Tina Barney Photographs: Theater of Manners (Scalo, 1997)

Tina Barney was born in 1945 in New York. Since 1975, she has been producing large-scale photographs of family and friends. Her meticulous tableaux chronicle the complexity of interpersonal relationships. These lush color prints have been exhibited and collected by major institutions around the world. Among her exhibitions are a mid-career exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1991 and the Whitney Biennial, 1987.

Barney was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1991, and the 2010 Lucie Award for Achievement in Portraiture.

Her monographs include Tina Barney: Theatre of Manners (1997), The Europeans (2005) and Players (2011).

She lives in New York and Rhode Island.

Artist: http://www.tinabarney.com/


(1) Tina Barney on gestures and figures in space by New York Studio School (Youtube)

(2) Artist’s Perspective: Tina Barney: The Europeans by Frist Art Museum (Youtube)

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Barney has a strong eye for the family tableau: children sprawled over the furniture in a formal parlor, shirtless and tan adult brothers tending the barbecue, young cousins in matching double-breasted jackets, Aunt Shirley in a floral dress in the center of a flower-wallpapered room.

The reader is never quite sure just how posed the models are–everything seems just a bit too perfect, but then that may be one of the points these photos aim to make. Barney grew up cosseted by a family of upper-middle-class Easterners, and it seems she turns her camera back on that roseate world to discover the strains and strengths that form its foundation.

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Publisher: Scalo