FRANCES BARTH

pink_o, 2013, acrylic on panel, 12 x 16 inches/30.5 x 40.6 cm

choc violet, 2013, acrylic on panel, 12 x 16 inches/30.5 x 40.6 cm

Frances Barth’s imaginary landscape paintings are at once confounding and sublime. Radically abstract, they possess graphic clarity and are made of lush combinations of unnamable colors— saturated blue-grays, fiery orange-reds and pale yellow-greens—that don’t exist in nature. She takes inspiration from traditional Chinese and Japanese landscape paintings, in which perspectives shift and which allow for vast panoramas within a compressed space.

 

Barth, who was a professor of painting, drawing and critical issues at Yale University from 1986 to 2004, incorporates modeling, animation, diagramming, symbol mapping and charting. Layering expanses of color with cartographical lines rendered with hand-made stencils and engineering drafting pencils, Barth creates multiple viewpoints; an aerial perspective one moment, and in another, intimate views of lengths of abstract color.

 

Her paintings are included in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Dallas Museum of Art. Her work is also in the private collections of JPMorgan and Chase and IBM Corporation, New York. She is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts Grants. Barth was elected to the National Academy in 2011.

 

Born in New York, 1946 | Lives in North Bergen, New Jersey, and works in North Bergen and Baltimore, Maryland

indRed towers, 2013, acrylic on panel, 12 x 16 inches/30.5 x 40.6 cm

red white yellow, 2013, acrylic on panel, 12 x 16 inches/30.5 x 40.6 cm

monitors, 2013, acrylic on panel, 12 x 16 inches/30.5 x 40.6 cm

running lines, 2013, acrylic on panel, 12 x 16 inches/30.5 x 40.6 cm

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