Friday, January 11, 2008

Tina Barney


The other day, this photo arrived in the mail. A late Christmas card from a distant family friend? Not quite. Flipping it over, I realized it was a postcard from the Fay Gold Gallery announcing this month's show of Tina Barney's photographs.

Barney began photographing friends and family in the 1980's in well-to-do enclaves of the East Coast. While her settings are staged, the resulting photograph captures the spontaneous movement and split-second thoughts that may flicker across the mind of her subjects. An artistic precursor to reality television, perhaps?

Each photograph is a little mystery, and fans of Barney's work spend hours trying to unravel the story provided by clues in the details. Faces may be tense or indifferent--challenging the notion that material wealth yields smiling happiness.


If you are in Atlanta this month, I highly recommend the show at Fay Gold which combines early American work with her more recent photographs taken in Europe.

14 comments:

a. said...

Terrific! Thanks for sharing!

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Cool, I like those!

xo

Jennifer said...

Very, very interesting. Quite different -- I like the mysterious aspect!

Me, Myself, & I said...

Ohhhh...I would so love to see that exhibit. I love the ajective used by jennifer: mysterious. It makes me wonder what else was going on in the room at the time.

Laura said...

Thanks for the tip. Will definitely have to check that out.

annechovie said...

These photos have such a unique quality to them - thank you for the introduction.

katiedid said...

Fascinating! I much prefer these portraits to the typical posed one. Thanks! :)

Style Saves the World said...

I love these photos! Thanks so much for sharing the info!

pve design said...

They remind me of one of my favorite painters,
"Fairfield Porter" - He painted the "privileged" in a modern way, one that seems as if they were watching him. In interesting introspective quality,

nunu pepe' said...

I love the reworking of the concept lets not forget that symbolism has been a part of art for ever. Think Leonardo,the Mona Lisa, Last Supper I am sure that if cameras where around they would have done the same.

Style Court said...

thanks for the reminder. Apart from the psychological aspects, complexity etc, the interiors are Sargent-worthy lush.

ALL THE BEST said...

I absolutely ADORE Tina Barney's work. But, at a staring price of $15,000, it's still out of my price range... oh to dream!

franki durbin said...

love that chic woman in the top photo. interesting spin on typical portraits. they tell a story with out telling you a thing. actually... they leave me wanting so much more! fabulous. thanks for the link ;)

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