Barbara Kasten: Stagesat MOCA, Los Angeles

Staging and the role of the prop
28 May – 14 August, 2016


The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, presents Barbara Kasten: Stages. The first major monographic survey of work by the artist including approximately 60 works spanning nearly five decades of Kasten’s career from her earlier works. Barbara Kasten: Stages situates Kasten’s work within current conversations around sculpture, abstraction, and photography, tracing its roots to the unique and provocative intersection of Bauhaus-influenced pedagogy in America, the California Light and Space movement, and postmodernism. A journey through the artist’s work and concern with the interplay between three-dimensional and two-dimensional forms, the interest in staging and the role of the prop. Her cross-disciplinary process, and the way she has developed new approaches to abstraction and materiality are relevant to younger generations of artists working today.