Tina Barney, ‘Blue Boy’, 2002, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2015
Tina Barney, ‘Blue Boy’, 2002, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2015

Tina Barney uses family and friends as subjects in her large-scale photographic portraits. In her work, Barney explores the relationships between people, inviting viewers into the lives of those with whom she shares precious memories. Barney’s photographs have been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, New York, and the Kunsthalle Frankfurt. Her work is in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Museum Folkwang, Essen, among others.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

About Tina Barney

Tina Barney’s photographs showcase the emotional complexity and psychological tension in ordinary domestic moments. She began photographing her well-heeled Rhode Island family and friends in 1975, using large-format cameras to capture the rich details of their manicured clothing and gilded interior decors, as well as the subtleties of their strained expressions and meaningful gestures. Her photographs evoke both the spontaneity of documentary realism and the intentionality of directed or fabricated scenes. Barney was among the first artists to create large-scale color photographs, and she later photographed the social elite outside her inner circle. Her work was featured in the 1987 Whitney Biennial and in a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1990.

American, b. 1945, New York, New York