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Frances Barth

1946 United States

11 Works exhibited

Current location

New Jersey

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bibliography
  • Awards

Frances Barth was born in 1946 in the Bronx, New York, and studied painting and art history at Hunter College, CUNY. She lives and works in New Jersey. She has exhibited her paintings widely in both solo and group exhibitions since the late 1960’s, and her work is represented in numerous public, corporate and private collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, in NYC, The Dallas Museum of Art, TX, The Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo. Frances showed six of her paintings in the 2015 Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Grimani in "Frontiers Reimagined." Early in her career, Frances also performed with Yvonne Rainer and Joan Jonas in New York City in live performance and video/film. During the last ten years she has created two animations, a documentary, and a short b&w film set in 1947, while remaining always focused on her painting. For the past fourteen years she has also been working with animation and video. “End of the Day, End of the Day” was her first completed animation/video with dialogue (TRT: 09:34) shown as part of the Atlanta Festival of the Moving Image and in New York. In 2016 she finished a new animation with multiple characters and music called "Jonnie in the Lake," which showed at the New York Short Film Festival and won Best Animated Short, and also at The Sunrise Film Festival in Nova Scotia where it was nominated for Best Short. Frances completed the first video portrait of the painter Regina Bogat in 2013, which was shown at The Marfa International Film Festival in 2014, and the short film "No No Boy" in 2015 which was shown at SVA in NY. Frances has finished a new portrait/documentary video of Regina Bogat called "Regina B" in 2017. She is Director Emeritus of the Mt.Royal School of Art, Maryland Institute. Her awards include The National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1974 and 1982, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1977, the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in 1995, two American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase awards in ’99 and ’04, the Anonymous Was a Woman grant in 2006, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2017.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2018
"Jam Session," NeueHouse, NYC curated by Ella Marder

2017
"Sitings/Citings," Lennon Weinberg Gallery, NYC
"The State of New York Painting," Kingsborough Art Museum, NY curated by Michael Walls

2015
"august geometry," Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
"Frontiers Reimagined," 56th Venice Biennale, Museo di Palazzo Grimani
"Bold Abstractions," Dallas Museum of Art, TX
"Community of Influence," Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York

2014
"In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth," Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
"The Annual 2014: Redefining Tradition," The National Academy, NY

2013
"Inside Out: A Group Show," Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Gillman Barracks, Singapore

2012
"Six Pack: Working Abs," Illges Gallery, Columbus State University, GA
"From Process to Protest: Recent Gifts by Women Academicians," The National Academy, NY
The American Academy of Arts and Letters invitational, NY
"Summer Group Show: Installment 2," Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
"What Only Paint Can Do," Triangle Arts Association, Front Street Galleries, NY

2011
"Refocussing the spotlight: 21 American Painters," Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo NY (curated by Michael Walls)
"Perspectives, Nine Women, Nine Views," Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

2010
"Decameron," New York Studio School Gallery, New York
"New Creative Constructs," Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

2009
"Here & Now," Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
"Seven Women/Seven Stories: New work from historically significant woman painters," Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Los Angeles
"Extreme Possibilities: New Modernist Paradigms," The Painting Center, New York (curated by Karen Wilkin)
"Centennial Celebration Exhibit," Newark Museum, selections from the Permanent Collections: American Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey

2007
"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
"Dragon Veins," Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa

2004
American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, NY

2003
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 Fine Art, New York
Eastern Connecticut State University

2000
"2000," Donahue / Sosinski Fine Art, New York

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
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)

1998
"In Honor of Tibet," Donahue / Sosinski Fine Art, New York

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

Book Publication

2016

Ginger Smith and Bill Gee
Graphic Novel, Color, 72 pages, 6"x9"
© Frances Barth 2016, released January 10, 2017 on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel.
"In this singular abstracted land, six characters drive forward the story in "Ginger Smith and Billy Gee" by the painter Frances Barth. In the family of a graphic novel, but also like a graphic poem, this is a book in two acts and an Afterword, with interspersed dreams of the main character Ginger.
It turns its focus cinematically on the darkly comic relationship developing between Ginger, a painter, and Billy, an aspiring writer, after Ginger is dumped by Billy's best friend. Four other characters contriibute to the richness of the story. Hiker 1 and Hiker 2 are like figures in a Greek Chorus commenting on the action and entering and leaving the story line, and Male and Female add a Freudian coda to the proceedings. 
This is a winsome and jaunty artist tale, humorous, poetic and symbolic. A full color book with all original drawings and text."

2017
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2011 
Elected into the National Academy

2006 
Anonymous Was a Woman Grant

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)

Works by Frances Barth

Order by

2011

111.8 x 76.2 cm

22500,00 €

2011

111.8 x 76.2 cm

22500,00 €

2011

111.8 x 76.2 cm

22500,00 €

2011

111.8 x 76.2 cm

22500,00 €

2011

111.8 x 76.2 cm

22500,00 €

2016

91.4 x 61 cm

19000,00 €

2016

76.2 x 61 cm

18500,00 €

2014

50.8 x 40.6 cm

13100,00 €

2016

218.4 x 61 cm

SOLD OUT

2008

38.1 x 35.6 cm

10000,00 €

2008

38.1 x 35.6 cm

10000,00 €

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