New York, b.1948

Barbara Ess

Barbara Ess received a BA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended the London School of Film Technique in London. Upon her return to New York City she became involved with music, performance, photography and the creation of artist books.

Ess has had numerous solo exhibitions of her work throughout the United States and Europe, including retrospectives at the Queens Museum, NY, the Center for Fine Arts, Miami, FL and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. Other selected solo exhibitions were held at 3A Gallery, New York, NY; Thierry Goldberg, New York, NY; Incident Report, Hudson, NY; Wallspace, New York, NY; Moore College of Art, Philadelphia PA; Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY; Faggionato Fine Arts, London, UK; Frederick Giroux Gallery, Paris, France; Michael Kohn...

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Biography

Barbara Ess received a BA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended the London School of Film Technique in London. Upon her return to New York City she became involved with music, performance, photography and the creation of artist books.

Ess has had numerous solo exhibitions of her work throughout the United States and Europe, including retrospectives at the Queens Museum, NY, the Center for Fine Arts, Miami, FL and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. Other selected solo exhibitions were held at 3A Gallery, New York, NY; Thierry Goldberg, New York, NY; Incident Report, Hudson, NY; Wallspace, New York, NY; Moore College of Art, Philadelphia PA; Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY; Faggionato Fine Arts, London, UK; Frederick Giroux Gallery, Paris, France; Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Fundacion La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain; Galeria Espanola La Maquina, Madrid, Spain; Interim Art, London, England; Ghilaine Hussenot, Paris, France and Johnen+Schöttle, Cologne, among others.

Her photographs have been included in group exhibitions at institutions including the Tang Museum, Sarasota Springs, NY; New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ; Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; and National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan.

Barbara Ess has been the subject of cover stories in Artforum and Art in America and a monograph of her work, I Am Not This Body, was published by Aperture in 2001. Her work is in numerous permanent collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Walker Art Center, Pompidou Center/Musee d’Art Moderne, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX.

Barbara Ess lives and works in New York City. She is an Associate Professor of Photography at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson.

Artworks

15

Crosshairs [Surveillance Series], 2011/2019

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20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / American Art / Archival Pigment Print / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Artists of All Time / Blurred Images / Blurring Boundaries / Contemporary American Art / Daily Life Experience / Digital/Internet Culture / Domestic Objects / Domestic Scenes / Film/Video Art / Imitation and Representation / Internet / Low Resolution Images / Low Resolution Photographs / New York / Perception / Photography / Publication / Social Issues / Surveillance / United States / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • BA in Philosophy and English Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  • London School of Film Technique, England

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Someone To Watch Over Me, Magenta Plains, New York, NY

  • Lunatick, 3A Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2011

    You Are Not I, HVCC Gallery, Troy, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Frieze Art Fair, New York, NY

  • Arcadias, Magenta Plains, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Polaroids: The Disappearing, Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, NY

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Education

  • BA in Philosophy and English Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  • London School of Film Technique, England

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Someone To Watch Over Me, Magenta Plains, New York, NY

  • Lunatick, 3A Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2011

    You Are Not I, HVCC Gallery, Troy, NY

  • 2009

    Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2007

    I’m (un) easy, Souterrain, Berlin, Germany

  • 2004

    Frederic Giroux Gallery, Paris, France

  • Cipher, Wallspace, New York, NY

  • 2003

    The Galleries at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia and Burden Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2000

    She Woke With A Start, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Frieze Art Fair, New York, NY

  • Arcadias, Magenta Plains, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Polaroids: The Disappearing, Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, NY

  • Social Photography V, carriage trade, New York, NY

  • American Interior, carriage trade, New York, NY

  • The Garden of Forking Paths curated by Adam Marnie, Magenta Plains, New York, NY

  • 2016

    Paradise: underground culture in NYC 1978-84, Steven Harvey fine arts projects, New York, NY

  • DISSENT: what they fear is the light curated by Thom Lawson and Shoghigh Halayian, LACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • The Garden Show curated by Sam Korman, Regards, Chicago

  • The Limited Sphere curated by Peter Brock, 321, Brooklyn, NY,

  • Polaroids!, Invisible Exports, NADA, New York, NY

  • 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music, Basilica, Hudson, NY

  • 2015

    Mystery, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY

  • Altered Appearances, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Queens, NY

  • Dan Graham Collection, 3A Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2014

    Photo Invitational, Atwater Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY

  • 2013

    The Way We Live Now curated by Shirley Irons, Luisotti Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

  • The First 15, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

  • 2012

    Photography Regional, Opalka Gallery, Albany, NY

  • Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY

  • 2011

    Transport, Cypriana Majernika Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Meana Larrucea Collection, Iberdrola Tower, Bilbao, Spain

  • 3 x 3 x 3, APT Projects, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2010 2 UP, NADA, Miami, FL

  • Another Green World, Carriage Trade Gallery, New York, NY,

  • In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955, X Initiative, New York, NY

  • Bestiarum, Institute D’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhone-Alpes, France

  • Bowery Tribute, New Museum, New York, NY

  • 2009

    Sensational Fix, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 2008

    The Headphones Show curated by Alan Licht, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY

  • Melodrama curated by Laura Parnes, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

  • Black and White, Part 2, Frederic Giroux Gallery, Paris, France

  • Bare Market, Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York, NY,

  • Notes on Monumentality, Baltimore Museum of Art, curated by Mark Alice Durant

  • 2007

    Brief Encounters, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY

  • Emily Harvey Foundation curated by Robin Kahn, New York, NY

  • 2006

    Music is a Better Noise curated by Nick Stillman, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY

  • 2005

    Copilandia, curated by GRATIS, Centro de Arte de Sevilla, Spain

  • Triennial of Photographic Arts, Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY

  • Tune (Out)))side, Free103point9 Transmission Series, Acra, NY

  • 2004

    Anthology of Art, Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

  • ... because cynicism left yesterday, Disjecta Gallery, Portland, OR

  • Art and Architecture 1900-2000 curated by Germano Celant, Genoa, Italy

  • Repulsion curated by Heidi Schlatter, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL,

  • Subway Series curated by Carlo McCormick and Thomas Solomon, Queens Museum of Art, NY

  • 2003

    Photography Past Forward: Aperture at 50, High Museum of Art, Atlanta

  • Spot Light on Photography, Hui No’eau Visutal Arts Center, Maui, HI

  • 2002

    Private Eyes: Image and Identity, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Contemporary Views curated by Peter C. Bunnell, Princeton University Art Museum

  • 2000

    Drawings and Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY

  • Exurbia curated by Shirley Irons, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA

  • Dream Machines selected by Susan Hiller, Hayward Gallery, Londond, England

Grants & Awards

  • 2016

    Bau Institute, Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France

  • 2012

    Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Amherst, VA

  • 2010

    Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, Boliasco, Italy

  • 2009, 2008, 2005, 1997 MacDowell Fellow, MacDowell Art Colony, NH

  • 2009

    MacDowell Fellow, MacDowell Art Colony, NH

  • 2008

    Fundacion Valparaiso, Almeria, Spain

  • MacDowell Fellow, MacDowell Art Colony, NH

  • 2007

    NYSCA grant for sound collaborative project

  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Amherst, VA

  • The Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy

  • Yaddo Artist Residency, Saratoga, NY

  • 2005

    MacDowell Fellow, MacDowell Art Colony, NH

Collections

  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

  • The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

  • The Booth Art Collection, University of Chicago, IL

  • The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Caldic Collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • The Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A.

  • First National Bank of Minneapolis, MN

  • F.N.A.C. (Fonds National D’Art Contemporain), Paris, France

  • FRAC Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans, France

  • FRAC Limousin, Limoges, France

Bibliography

  • 2014

    Christopher Knight, “The Way We Live Now at Gallery Luisotti,” LA Times, August 23

  • 2011

    Tim Kane, “Barbara Ess’s Photographs Examine Public-Private Border”, Times Union, Albany, November 22 Blind Spot, No. 44

  • 2010

    Philip E. Aarons and Andrew Roth, eds. In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955, JRP Ringler

  • 2004

    Ken Johnson, “Review”, New York Times, June 11

  • Vince Aletti, “Review”, The Village Voice, June 14

  • 2003

    Edward J. Sozanski, “Crude, Alluring Images”, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 12

  • 2002

    Melissa Harris, ed., essay by R.H. Cravens, Photography Past Forward, Aperture Foundation

  • Vince Aletti, “The Best Photography Books of 2001: Eyes Wide Open”, The Village Voice, January 22

  • Bleddyn Butcher, “Soundcheck”, The Wire, February 2002

  • A.D. Coleman, “Books: Fantastic Voyages and Street Life”, ART News, February

  • 2001

    I Am Not This Body, monograph with text by Michael Cunningham et al, Aperture, New York, NY, November

  • Jane Harris, "Aura Fixation: Old Technology for New Photography”, Art on Paper, Jan/Feb 2001, v. 5 no. 3

  • 2000

    Sarah Schmerler, Review, Art in America, November 2000