Uta Barth | Blouin ArtInfo
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, is hosting “Mapping Space: Recent Acquisitions in Focus,” an exhibition exploring how photography in the last few decades has been used to survey geographic spaces. The exhibition is on view through July 14, 2019.
“Photography’s dynamic relationship to the landscape can be traced to the origins of the medium when the camera offered a revolutionary method for recording the world,” the museum says. “The 19th century witnessed a range of approaches, from land surveys that systematically documented the topography of unsettled regions, to artistic depictions of nature’s majesty that rivaled landscape painting. Beginning in the 1960s, many artists sought novel approaches to representing their surroundings by incorporating personal, critical, and symbolic references to their work.”
“Mapping Space: Recent Acquisitions in Focus,” focuses on this aspect of photography in the current century with a selection of recently acquired works by works by five contemporary photographers — Robert Kinmont, Wang Jinsong, Richard Long, Mark Ruwedel, and Uta Barth.