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Mount Royal Graduate Director Frances Barth Shows in New York Gallery

Exhibition noted in critic reviews, panel discussions

Posted 01.15.10 by MICA Media Relations

Frances Barth, Tangent Bouquet

NEW YORK--MICA's Mount Royal School of Art graduate director Frances Barth lures viewers into imaginary landscapes of shifting scale and multiple viewpoints in a solo exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery New York (547 W. 27th St.), Jan. 7-Feb. 6.

Reinventing the picture plane, Barth uses expanses of color and sparsely drawn lines to imply both space and time in her abstract paintings. This vibrant new body of work investigates the history of painting and challenges perceptions of space, as Barth creates landscapes that are both miniature and monumental within a single terrain. The works are akin to the floating worlds of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints from Japan.

Barth studied at Hunter College, New York, where she received her B.F.A. and M.A. in painting. She has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions, and her work is represented in numerous corporate and public collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Barth was appointed director of the Mount Royal School of Art in 2004.

The Brooklyn Rail, which writes critical perspectives on arts, politics and culture, highlighted the exhibition in an article, in which it said, "It's as if Barth has taken on a philosophical view and shows us not only what is out there, but also what we know about what is out there." And it concludes, "Barth's work is disarmingly simple, but when the underlying agenda finally reveals itself we feel the presence of a vast and competent eye looking at the world around us."

The exhibition was also a feature of an hourlong discussion of several noted art critics on The Review Panel on artcritical.com (click link to listen) and presented by the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts.

For more information, contact Sundaram Tagore Gallery New York at 212-677-4520 or gallery@sundaramtagore.com.


Image caption: Frances Barth, Tangent Bouquet, acrylic on panel, 2009.