“Barbara Kasten: Stages,” curated by Alex Klein at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, is the first major survey of Kasten’s work, from her fiber sculptures from the early 1970’s, to a newly commissioned site-specific installation involving a nearly 30-foot-high video projection interacting with the architecture of the gallery. For a practicing artist with nearly five decades of work to survey, some might duly note that this first museum retrospective is long overdue. Certainly it is, and there’s no doubt that Kasten has long been underrecognized, however, this exhibition comes at a time when Kasten’s work is perhaps at its most relevant. More ...
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TODAY'S FEATURED VIDEO
In this video Barbara Kasten discusses her work and her relationship to photography, outlining the evolution of her work, from the colorful constructs of the 1980s to her current, more minimal palette. She discusses the early influence of the Light and Space movement in California on the development of her work, as well as Constructivism and Bauhaus, remarking that photography has never been a primary source for her, looking rather to painting and sculpture. More about the artist