Tina Barney, ‘Color Guard’, 2007, Guild Hall

Gift of the artist to the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies with additional funding provided by Bank of America.

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

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
Tina Barney: Four Decades, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Notions of Home, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
2017
Feminist Feminine, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
2015
Faces Now: European Portrait Photography since 1990, Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
2013
Image Search: Photography from the Collection, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)