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Frances Barth

Frances Barth

Frances Barth studied painting and art history at Hunter College, CUNY, receiving her B.F.A. and M.A..
Early in her career, she performed with Yvonne Rainer and Joan Jonas in New York City and appeared in their early video and film work.

Her painting has been exhibited internationally over her 40+ year career, and is represented in numerous corporate and public collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts.

Her awards include Anonymous Was a Woman, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship,
the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, the Adolphe and Esther Gottlieb Grant and two American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Awards.

Education

  • BFA Painting, Hunter College, New York City.
  • MA Painting, Hunter College, New York City.
  • Director, Mt. Royal School of Art, MICA.

Solo Exhibitions

2009
  • Pingry School, Hostetter Arts Center Gallery, New Jersey
2006
  • New York Studio School Gallery, New York City
2005
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
2002
  • Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.
2000
  • Donahue Sosinski, New York.
1999
  • Moravian College, Pennsylvania.
1998
  • Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
1997
  • Donahue/Sosinski Fine Art, New York City.
1995
  • Millersville University, Pennsylvania.
  • Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
1994
  • E.M. Donahue Gallery, New York City.
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Herter Art Gallery.
1991
  • Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, New York City.
1989
  • Tomoko Liguori Gallery, New York City.
1988
  • Tomoko Liguori Gallery, New York City.
1985
  • Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
1983
  • Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.
  • "Russian Abecedary," Jersey City Museum, New Jersey.
1981
  • Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.
  • Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
1980
  • Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.
1979
  • Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.
1978
  • Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.
1976
  • Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.
1975
  • Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.
1974
  • Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009
  • Extreme Possibilities: New Modernist Paradigms, The Painting Center, New York City (curated by Karen Wilkin)
2007
  • click/shift/enter, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta
  • Colors, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
  • Luxe, calme and volupte, Marsha Wood Gallery, Atlanta (curated by Joanne Mattera)
  • Land Force, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, (curated by John L.Moore.)
  • Agents of Change: Women, Art, and Intellect, Ceres Gallery, New York, (curated by Dr. Leslie King-Hammond.)

2006

  • Surface Tension, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY, two person exhibition
  • Dragon Veins, Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa

2004

  • American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York.
2003
  • Recent Acquisitions, Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Pennsylvania.
  • Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
2002
  • Drawing Show, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Prints from Vermont Studio Center Press, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington, Vermont.
  • Andre Zarre Gallery, New York.
2001
  • Painting Abstraction II, New York Studio School, New York.
  • Montserrat College Art Gallery, MA, three person exhibition.
  • Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago.
  • Donahue Sosinski, New York.
  • Eastern Connecticut State University.
1999
  • Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago.
  • Dimension, Agnes Scott College Atlanta, Georgia, (curated by Cathy Byrd.).
  • Drawing in the Present Tense, Art Gallery, Parsons, New York City, (Traveling: North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks; Illinois Univ., Normal Illinois.
  • American Academy Invitational, New York City, purchase award.
  • The Pulled Image, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont.
  • Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Revision, NEXUS, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Donahue/Sosinski Fine Art, New York City.
  • Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Landscape as Abstraction, James Graham & Sons, NYC, Trans-Hudson Gallery, NYC.
  • After the Fall: Aspects of Abstract Painting Since 1970, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York (curated by Lilly Wei).
1996
  • Undoing Geometry, Manhattan Community College, NYC (curated by Michael Chisolm).
  • Charles Cowles Gallery, New York City.
  • Montserrat College of Art, Massachusetts.
  • Gallery One, Toronto, Canada, Inner Landscapes: 16xONE.
  • Smith College Drawing Exhibit, Northampton, Massachusetts.
  • Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
  • E.M. Donahue Gallery, New York City.
1995
  • Yale University, Faculty Works on Paper, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City.
  • Hunter College Art Gallery, New York City.
  • LaVigie, "Art Contemporain", Nimes, France.
  • Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
  • The New York Studio School, New York City.
1994
  • Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City.
  • Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
1993
  • Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City.
1992
  • Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Abstract Painting: The 90's, Andre Emmerich Gallery, NYC (curated by Barbara Rose.).
  • "1x7", Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City.
1991
  • Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont.
  • Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
1990
  • Works On Paper, Tomoko Liguori Gallery, NYC (with Gregory Amenoff, Hugh O'Donnell).
  • Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (with Peter Plagens).
  • Contemporary Prints, Tomoko Liguori Gallery, New York City.
  • Art On Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
1989
  • Permanent Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
  • Recent Paintings, Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City.
  • Abstractions, Past and Present, Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City.
  • Gallery Artists, Tomoko Liguori Gallery, New York City.
  • Scale, Space, Structure, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Patterson College, Wayne, New Jersey (curated by Nancy Einreinhofer).
  • Contemporary Landscape: Five Views, The Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, North Carolina (curated by John L. Moore; catalogue essay, William Zimmer).
  • Drawings, Tomoko Liguori Gallery, New York City.
1988
    Four Painters, Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City. Paintings & Sculpture, American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters, New York City.
1987
  • Concordia College Library Gallery (organized by E. Agee), New York.
  • Yale University Art & Architecture Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
  • Permanent Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
  • New Aspects of Abstraction, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Orion Editions, New York City.
  • Jersey City 10th Anniversary Exhibit, Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey.
1986
  • Jersey City Museum 10th Anniversary Exhibit, New Jersey.
  • Natural Desire, David Beitzel Fine Arts, New York City.
  • Constructed in Jersey City: Paintings & Sculpture, Summit Art Center, New Jersey.
  • Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
  • Artists at Hunter..., Hunter College Gallery, New York City (catalogue: M.S. Duffy).
1985
  • Painting and Sculpture Today 1984, Indianapolis Museum, Indiana.
  • The Gathering of the Avant-Garde, The Lower East Side 1948-70, Kenkelaba Gallery, New York City.
  • Abstract Painting, Redefined, (Traveling: Meisel Gallery, New York City; Munson Williams Proctor, Utica, NY; Danforth Museum; Bucknell University; Stonybrook Fine Art Center, Long Island (curated by Cie Goulet, Catalogue with Carter Ratcliff).
  • Between Painting and Sculpture, Evanston Art Center, Illinois.
  • Painting 1985, Pam Adler Gallery, New York City.
  • Constructures: New Perimetrics in Abstract Painting, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York City(curated and catalogue by Peter Frank).
  • Exuberant Painting, 100 Church Street, New York City.
  • Abstract Paintings - An Invitational Exhibit, Irit Krygier Gallery, Los Angeles.
  • A Decade of Visual Arts at Princeton, 1975-85, Princeton University, New Jersey (catalogue: J. Seawright and H. Senie).
1984
  • Gallery Artists, Susan Caldwell Gallery, New York City.
  • Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Painting & Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum, Indiana (catalogue: H. Ferrulli.).
1983
  • Seven American Artists, Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio (curated and catalogue by John L. Moore).
  • Selected Gallery Artists, Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.
  • Selected Large Paintings, Robison Art Gallery, Rutgers U., Newark, New Jersey.
  • Yale School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
1982
  • Book Art, D.W. Gallery, Dallas, Texas.
  • Selected Gallery Artists, Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.
  • The Book as Art, Sarah Lawrence College; Franklin Furnace, NY.
1981
  • 75th Anniversary Benefit Exhibition for the Lighthouse, Susan Caldwell, Inc., NYC.
  • Paper Work, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
  • New Art II: Surfaces/Textures, Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
  • Recent Acquisitions: Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
  • Four Painters, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Russia, two-person exhibition with Andy Warhol, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (curated by Michael Walls.).
  • Faculty Exhibit, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York.
1979
  • American Paintings of the 1970's, Traveling exhibition curated by Linda Cathcart: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport, California; The Oakland Museum, California; Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christie, Texas; Krannert Museum, University of Illinois.
  • Generation - Twenty Abstract Painters Born in U.S. Between 1929 and 1946, An Invitational Exhibition, Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.
  • Abstraction in the 70's, Nielsen Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Some Abstract Paintings, William Patterson College, Wayne, New Jersey (curated and catalogue by Barbara Toll).
  • Collecting Contemporary Art, J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Frances Barth, Drawings, Dan George, Sculpture, Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont.
  • American Painting: The Eighties, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York (curated by Barbara Rose; catalogue, Barbara Rose, Vista Press).
  • First Exhibition, Toni Birckhead Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1978
  • San Francisco/Los Angeles/New York: A Three Part Series, (with Donna Dennis and Gordon Matta Clark), San Francisco Art Institute, CA (catalogue by Helene Fried).
  • Eight Abstract Painters, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (curated by Suzanne Delehanty; catalogue by Dore Ashton).
  • Talent, Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Drawing Made Material, Hayden Corridor Gallery, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1977
  • Gallery Group Show, Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.
  • The Geometry of Color, Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City.
  • Critics' Choice: Loan Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings from the New York Gallery Season, 1976-77, The Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University, NY.
  • Contemporary Art in Atlanta Collections: Paintings and Drawings, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia (catalogue by C.V. Poling).
  • Artists at Bennington, Visual Arts Faculty 1932-76, Bennington College Art Museum, Bennington, Vermont (catalogue by E.C. Goosen).
1975
  • Princeton University Art Museum, faculty exhibit, Princeton, New Jersey.
  • Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.
1974
  • Trenton State College, Trenton, New Jersey.
  • Drawings and Paintings, Susan Caldwell, Inc., New York City.
  • Neilsen Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Women's Work-American Art '74, Philadelphia Civic Center, Pennsylvania.
1973
  • Three New York Artists, (with Harvey Quaytman and Bernard Kirschenbaum), Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City.
  • Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
1972
  • Painting Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City.
  • Warren Benedek Gallery, New York City.
  • John Baldessari, Frances Barth, Richard Jackson, Barbara Munger, Gary Stephan Houston Museum of Contemporary Art, Texas (catalogue by J. Belloli).
  • The New Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio.
1970
  • Group Print Show, Moore College of Art, Pennsylvania.

Set Design

1991
  • "Tunes," Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle, Washington
1988
  • "Hide and Seek," Jennifer Muller/The Works. Guest choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Performed at The Joyce Theater, New York City.
  • "Escape," Atlanta Ballet. Choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Allen Shawn, composer; Judanna Lynn, costumes. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • "Tunes," Louisville Ballet. Choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Charles Strouse, Composer; Judanna Lynn, costumes. Performed at Louisville Center for the Performing Arts, Kentucky; BCBC, Brooklyn, NY (1985).

Performances

1970
  • Performed with Joan Jonas; Judy Padow.
1969
  • Performed in Yvonne Rainer's "Rose Fractions," "North East Passing," and "Trio A, or The Mind is a Muscle, Part I." Billy Rose Theater, Broadway, New York.
1968
  • Performed in Yvonne Rainer's "Performance Fractions or Composite." Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library, New York City.

Selected Collections

  • 195 Broadway Corporation, New York
  • Akron Art Institute, Ohio
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
  • American Can Company, Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Amerada Hess Corporation, New York
  • Cameron Iron Works, Houston, Texas
  • Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
  • Coudert Brothers, New York
  • Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Texas
  • First National Bank of Houston, Texas
  • Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Humana Inc., Louisville, Kentucky
  • IBM Corporation, New York
  • Isham, Lincoln & Beale, Chicago, Illinois
  • Jersey City Museum of Art, NJ
  • Lehman Brothers, New York and Chicago
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, Indiana
  • Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
  • The Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mobil Oil Corporation, New York
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Paul Haim Foundation, Paris, France
  • Prudential Insurance Company, New Jersey
  • Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles, California
  • Swiss Bank Corporation, New York
  • Tucson Museum of Art. AZ
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Wellesley College, Davis Museum, MA

Bibliography

2005
  • O'Brien, Barbara, "Being and Belief: The Paintings of Frances Barth," (catalogue,)Dartmouth College, NH.
2002
  • Cullum, Jerry, "Expanding the Possibilities of Paper," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,Friday, Nov. 15, 2002.
2001
  • O'Brien, Barbara, "Beneath the Surface," catalogue by Montserrat College of Art.
2000
  • Moos, David, "Dimension," Art Papers, Mar./Apr. p.33-4.
  • Naves, Mario, N.Y. Observer Nov.13, p.16.
  • Johnson, Ken, The New York Times, Nov.
  • Cassidy, Victor, "Prairie Smoke," ArtNet.com; magazine reviews 9-19-00.
  • Zimmer, Bill, CT.N.Y.Times, Sunday, February 13.
1999
  • Radycki, Diane, Frances Barth, Geological Time: Paintings,(catalogue), Moravian College, PA.
  • Negroponte, G; Shepherd, R., Drawing in the Present Tense, Parsons School of Art, New York, (catalogue.).
  • Cullum, Jerry, "Exploring Many Dimensions," The Atlanta Journal, Friday, September 24, 1999.
1998
  • Byrd, Cathy, "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia," Creative Loafing (Atlanta), Feb 7, 1998.
  • Wei, L., "Frances Barth", Art in America, January 1998, page 99.
1997
  • Naves, Mario, "Promising Signs", The New Criterion, June 1997, pages 48-50.
  • Wilkinson, Jeanne C., "After the Fall: Aspects of Abstract Painting Since 1970", Review, May 15, 1997, pages 11-12.
  • Robins, Corinne, After The Fall (catalogue), 1997, pages 43-44.
  • Bell, J. Bowyer, Review, May 1, 1997, pages 24-25.
  • Wilkin, Karen, (At the Galleries) Partisan Review I, 1997, page 88.News, Surprise and Nostalgia, (catalogue), Hunter College of CUNY, NY,Leubsdorf Art Gallery.
  • "A La Vigie - Art Contemporain", Midi Libre, Lundi 26 Juin.
  • "Rencontre N- 6 Nimes", Tendance Sud, Juin.
  • "Rencontre N- 6" , Lalades, Juin.
1994
  • Saltz, Jerry, "A Year in the Life: Tropic of Painting", Art in America, October 1994, page 93.
  • Kalina, Richard, Art in America, October 1994, page 133.
  • Huntington, Richard, "Ideas of Abstraction", The Buffalo News, Sept. 30, page 21.
  • Smith, Roberta, "Frances Barth," The New York Times, June 10, page C-18.
  • Welish, Marjorie, Frances Barth 1982-93 (catalogue), University of Massachusetts, Herter Art Gallery.
1992
  • Kramer, Hilton, The New York Observer, December 30-January 6, 1992.
  • Wilkin, Karen, Partisan Review I, 1992, page 111.
1991
  • Huntington, R., The Buffalo News, May 13, page C-8.
1989
  • Thompson, Walter, Art in America, September 1989, page 209.
  • Welish, Marjorie, "Frances Barth-Paintings," pub. Tomoko Liguori Gallery, NYC.
  • Moore, John L.and Zimmer, William, Contemporary Landscape:Five Views,(catalogue) The Waterworks Visual Arts Center, North Carolina.
  • Smith, Roberta, "Galleries Paint a Brighter Picture for Women,"The New York Times April 14, page C-1.
  • Smith, Shaw, "Contemporary Landscape: 5 Views," New Art Examiner, May, page 52.
  • Davis, Suzanne, "Contemporary Landscape," Atlanta Art Papers, May/June, page 58.
  • Barringer, Paul, "Landscape of Self vs. Picturesque Conventions - A Study in Contrast at the Waterworks," The Arts Journal, April, page 17.
  • Maschal, Richard, "Landscapes' Reflections Troubling," The Charlotte Observer, February 22, page D-2.
1987
  • Albright Knox Art Gallery, The Painting & Sculpture Collection: Acquisitions Since 1972; Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, 1987.
  • Zimmer, William, "Jersey City Keeps Its Museum Going," The New York Times, January 4.
  • Smith, Helen C., "Ballet Triumphs With Premiere of Vivid 'Escape'," The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, October 16, pages 1-10.
  • Smith, Helen C., "Ballet Premiers Elusive 'Escape'," The Atlanta Journal& Constituion, October 11, pages J1-J4.
  • Watkins, Eileen, "Jersey City Museum Lucky to Reach Its 10th Anniversary," The Sunday Star-Ledger, January 25, Section 4, page 14.
1986
  • Watkins, Eileen, The Sunday Star-Ledger, October 5, Section 4, page 15.
  • Watkins, Eileen, The Sunday Star-Ledger, December 26, page 60.
  • Moodie, E., The Jersey Journal, December 26, page 3.
  • Zimmer, William, The New York Times, September.

Awards & Recognition

2004
  • American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award.
1999
  • American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award.
1995
  • Joan Mitchell Award.
1993
  • Adolphe and Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant.
1987
  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant.
1982
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant.
1977
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.
1974
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant.
1973
  • Creative Artists Public Service Grant (CAPS).