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Richard Barnes

Recapturing the Scenic Wilds
Glyndor Gallery | September 06 - December 07, 2014

Pictured above: Suspended Giraffe, 2005, Digital C-print, 48” x 60.” Courtesy of the artist and Foley Gallery

The three photographs from Richard Barnes’s Animal Logic presented in this exhibition highlight the macabre tenderness of the diorama, depicting the natural history museum in a state of undress. Working with cultural institutions such as the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Barnes captures museum displays under repair, as well as animal specimens in transit. His theatrical compositions bring to the fore the days of labor and years of training behind the stage setting of natural history, suggesting the oddness of the instinct to render killed animals lifelike. This series has been collected and published in monograph form to critical recognition.

Barnes’s black-and-white series Murmur, also collected in the monograph, pictures swarming starlings darkening the sky. Well known for his photojournalistic work, Barnes’s editorial photography has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times and National Geographic. Solo exhibitions include the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; and the Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. His awards include the Rome Prize and the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for Photography. Barnes’s work is in the collections of prestigious museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, all in New York, NY. Barnes earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Pictured above: Single Ungulate and Man Amid Blue Crosses, 2008, Digital C-print, 40” x 50.” Courtesy of the artist and Foley Gallery

Pictured above: Smithsonian Monkey2005, Digital C-print, 40” x 50.” Courtesy of the artist and Foley Gallery

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.