Thomas Barrow

A Restless Mind

November 12, 2010 – January 10, 2011

A Beatle, from the series Television Montages
1968
vintage gelatin silver print
10 x 14 inches
M.M. Looks, from the series Television Montages
1969
vintage gelatin silver print
10 x 14 inches
Corset Mechanism, from the series Fashion
1967
vintage gelatin silver print
10 x 7 inches
Barbra, from the series Fashion
1967
vintage gelatin silver print
10 x 8 inches
Untitled, from the series Fashion
1968
vintage gelatin silver print
10 x 8 inches
Untitled, from the series Fashion
1970
vintage gelatin silver print
10 x 8 inches
Untitled #37, from the series Fashion
1967
vintage gelatin silver print
10 x 8 3/4 inches
Defender, from the series Fashion
1968
vintage gelatin silver print
8 x 10 inches
Untitled, from the series Fashion
1967
vintage gelatin silver print
8 x 6 1/2 inches
Untitled, from the series The Verifax Prints
1971
vintage verifax matrix print
14 x 9 inches
Homage to R.H., from the series The Verifax Prints
1972
vintage verifax matrix print
16 x 8 1/2 inches
Landing Pattern, from the series The Verifax Prints
1970
vintage verifax matrix print
8 1/2 x 14 inches
DART, from the series Cancellations
1974 (printed later)
gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches
Horizon Rib, from the series Cancellations
1974 (printed later)
gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches
SLAB (pasadena), from the series Cancellations
1974
vintage gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches
Homage to M.W., from the series Cancellations
1977 (printed 1978)
vintage gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches
Bilingual Communication, from the series Cancellations
1980
vintage gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches
Homage to E.W., from the series Cancellations
1978 (printed 1979)
vintage gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches
Kingman Holiday, from the series Cancellations
1974
vintage gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches
ISO Shadow, from the series Cancellations
1975
vintage gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches
Yale Construct, from the series Cancellations
1974
vintage gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches
Another Homage to A.S., from the series Cancellations
1975
vintage gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches
Scale, from the series Pink Stuff
1975
vintage gelatin silver print
5 1/2 x 14 inches
Interior Thoughts w/ Portrait of M.M., from the series Pink Stuff
1977
vintage gelatin silver print
5 1/2 x 14 inches
Untitled, from the series Fashion/Pink Stuff
1970
vintage gelatin silver print
10 x 8 inches
L. Baltz, from the series Libraries
1977
vintage gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches
N.C. dr. II, from the series Libraries
1976 (printed 1977)
vintage gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches
E.B. Riverside, CA, from the series Libraries
1976
vintage gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches
R.W.F., Culver City, from the series Libraries
1977
vintage gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches
Boundary Problems, from the series Spray Painted Photograms
1980
spray-painted photogram
20 x 16 inches
Location of Zeros 2, from the series Spray Painted Photograms
1981
spray-painted photogram
16 x 20 inches
Multivariate Analysis, from the series Spray Painted Photograms
1980
spray-painted photogram
16 x 20 inches
Species Identification, from the series Spray Painted Photograms
1980
spray-painted photogram
16 x 20 inches
Recent Advances, from the series Spray Painted Photograms
1981
spray-painted photogram
16 x 20 inches
Self Portrait with Difficult Diptych
2008
mixed-media assemblage
20 x 20 1/2 inches
Artifact
1998
mixed-media assemblage
20 1/2 x 19 inches
Le Chat Noir (revisited)
2008
mixed-media assemblage
20 x 17 inches
Untitled
1994/95
Polaroid
3 3/8 x 4 1/4 inches
Untitled
1994/95
Polaroid
3 3/8 x 4 1/4 inches
Untitled
1994/95
Polaroid
3 3/8 x 4 1/4 inches
Untitled
1994/95
Polaroid
3 3/8 x 4 1/4 inches
Untitled
1994/95
Polaroid
4 1/4 x 3 3/8 inches
Untitled
1994/95
Polaroid
3 3/8 x 4 1/4 inches
Untitled
1994/95
Polaroid
3 3/8 x 4 1/4 inches
Untitled
1994/95
Polaroid
3 3/8 x 4 1/4 inches

Press Release

Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to present Thomas Barrow: A Restless Mind. The exhibition will feature selections from Barrow's career, from his Cancellation Series to his most recent work. It will be on view from November 12 - December 10, 2010. An opening reception with the artist will be held on November 12 (5 – 9 pm).

Born in Kansas City, MO, Thomas Barrow studied at the Institute of Design in Chicago, with renowned photographer, Aaron Siskind. He graduated with an M.S. in photography. He began his career as Curator of Exhibitions at the George Eastman House, and then became the museum’s Assistant Director in the early 1970s. Later, he moved to New Mexico, where he was the Associate Director of the Art Museum at the University of New Mexico. In 1976, he began teaching photography in the university’s Art Department. Barrow received two NEA Photographers Fellowships in 1973 and 1978. Thomas Barrow: A Restless Mind presents a survey of the photographer’s career. It examines work from the 1970s through to the present.

Thomas Barrow has been at the forefront of a generation of photographers who came of age during the sixties counterculture. It included Robert Heineken, Robert Rauschenberg, Wallace Berman, and Jerry Uelsmann, among others. Abandoning traditional photography, in Barrow’s hands the camera becomes a liberating, experimental tool that incorporates mixed media, text, assemblage, photograms, and the altering and combining of negatives. His photographs reference other art practices, such as the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. They are also aesthetically linked to the handcrafted work of the Bauhaus, not lost on Barrow, a student of the Institute of Design founded by Lazlo Moholy-Nagy in 1939.

Barrow’s photography represents an important trajectory in photographic history in which the camera, as an expressive tool, reflects both an imaginative and theoretical approach to photography’s complex properties.

Early on, he understood how all photography was a matter of subjective selection. This added layers of intellectual rigor to his imagery that challenged the fundamental nature of the documentary photograph, mass media’s seductive veneer, and the false imposition of ‘editions’ by the art market on the photographic negative’s endless reproducibility. His brilliant Cancellations series addresses this directly; Barrow cancelled his negatives with a scratched “X” across their surface before printing, a witty challenge to the marketplace and a nod to Walter Benjamin.

Fundamentally playful yet also cerebral, Barrow’s images take the viewer through a visual maze of references from art history and magazine and billboard advertising to cinema and contemporary culture. “Barrow is both an avid collector and relentless critic of material culture, and postwar American society has offered him a limitless variety of subject matter,” writes Kathleen McCarthy Gauss in Inventories and Transformations: The Photographs of Thomas Barrow. “He recycles material and imagery, returning it to us in a dense, multilayered format that demonstrates the complexity of modern life and what an inventory of cultural detritus can reveal."

Thomas Barrow is Professor Emeritus of Photography at the University of New Mexico. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where his archive is also housed, and other major public and private collections.

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