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Art, Architecture + Abstraction [Stages by Barbara Kasten]

Posted on by Lauren Moss

A favorite exhibition from last year's Chicago Architecture Biennial recently opened at MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, and we're looking forward to revisiting Barbara Kasten's Stages, a beautifully curated retrospective of the artist's work and corresponding exploration of spatial form, architectural experience and representation.

madlener house interior / graham foundation

madlener house interior / graham foundation

architectural site 17, 1988

architectural site 17, 1988

As part of the inaugural architecture event taking place across the city, the retrospective was supported by the Graham Foundation and housed at the organization's historic Madlener House, located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood.

seated forms, 1972

seated forms, 1972

The collection spans a variety of media, from early explorations in modernist textiles to Kasten's well-known postmodern architectural photography produced in the 1980s and 90s- and culminating in a large-scale site-specific video projection installation entitled Scenario.

scenario, 2015

scenario, 2015

props

props

Stages explores relationships among architecture, art, photography, and abstraction, through various forms of representation and analysis- making for an intriguing visual juxtaposition within the setting of the early 20th century residential building.

Stages by Barbara Kasten / the Graham Foundation, Chicago

The collection is characterized by an experimental and bold use of color, geometry, props, light, shadow and materiality as a means to examine experience and perception spatially.

Stages by Barbara Kasten / the Graham Foundation, Chicago
Spanning her nearly five-decade engagement with abstraction, light, and architectonic form, this exhibition situates Kasten’s practice within current conversations around sculpture and photography.  (via)
triptych II, 1983

triptych II, 1983

Stages by Barbara Kasten / the Graham Foundation, Chicago

Find more information on Barbara Kasten or the Graham Foundation online, and get details on the ongoing exhibition at MOCA Pacific Design Center here.

Jason at the Graham Foundation, Chicago

[also, for more highlights from our visit to the Chicago Architecture Biennial, revisit a previous post]

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