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Uta Barth: Peripheral Vision

Edited by Arpad Kovacs, with contributions by Lucy Gallun and Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe 

This retrospective of the photographer Uta Barth traces her use of the camera to explore both how and what we see.

Los Angeles–based contemporary artist Uta Barth (b. 1958) has spent her decades-long career exploring the complexities and limits of human and mechanical vision. At first, her photographs appear to be deceptively simple depictions of everyday objects—light filtering through a window, tree branches bereft of leaves, a sparsely appointed domestic interior—but these images, visually spare yet conceptually rigorous, emerge from her investigation of sight, perception, light, and time. 

In this richly illustrated monograph, curator Arpad Kovacs and contributors Lucy Gallun and Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe chart Barth’s career path and discuss her most significant series, revealing how she has rejected the primacy of a traditional photographic subject and instead called attention to what is on the periphery. The book includes previously unpublished bodies of work made early in her career that add much to our understanding of this important artist. Also included is Barth’s most recent work, ...from dawn to dusk, an ambitious commission marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Getty Center. 

Arpad Kovacs is assistant curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum.  

“Both playful and thoughtful, Peripheral Vision is a fine introduction to an artist’s oeuvre.”
—Ho Lin, Foreword Reviews

242 pages
10 x 11 inches
332 color illustrations, 9 gatefolds
ISBN 978-1-60606-805-2

Getty Publications
Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum