Tina Barney


Tina Barney is an American artist renowned for her photographs of friends and family in domestic, yet often highly-charged, settings. Her images evoke both the spontaneity of documentary realism and the intentionality of directed or fabricated scenes. Her meticulous tableaux chronicle the complexity, and volitility, of interpersonal relationships.  

In this work, Barney presents a sense of intimacy and insight that a documentary photograph confers upon its subject. Here, a family, its hierarchy, its environment, and the objects all serve as props in their drama. The result is an image that moves beyond voyeuristic curiosity to suggest a myriad of complex relationships embedded in common situations. This family simultaneously depicts something very specific, such as living in an elegant Soho loft, and universal, notably the battle between teens and their parents. 

"The Son" was included in the legendary portfolio Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS. It also included works by eleven other artists including Jeff Wall, Thomas Ruff, James Welling, Sarah Charlesworth, and Andres Serrano. 

Tina Barney's work can be found in numerous public and private collections around the world. Among her notable exhibitions include a mid-career survey at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, as well as being included in the Whitney Biennial. More recently, her work has been shown at the New York State Theatre in New York, The Barbican Art Centre, London;  Museum Folkwang in Essen, Museum der Art Moderne, Salzburg, and others to mention a few. 

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"The Son" 

USA, 1987

Chromogenic print

Signed, dated, and numbered verso

From an edition of 25

18.75"H 23"W (image)

27"H 32.5"W (framed)

Framed with museum glass

Excellent condition.

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