• Barbara Kasten: Architecture & Film (2015–2020)
    Stephanie Cristello
    Hans Ulrich Obrist
    Skira, 2021
    Stephanie Cristello

Barbara Kasten, "Barbara Kasten/Chicago," 2018, installation view, S.R. Crown Hall, Chicago. Courtesy the artist

In 2015, the Graham Foundation, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, presented Barbara Kasten: Stages, the first major survey of the work of the Chicago-based artist. The exhibition spanned her nearly five-decade engagement with abstraction, light, and architectural form. Since the 1970s, Kasten (b. 1936) has developed her expansive photographic practice through the lens of sculpture, painting, theater, textile, and installation. Well-known within photographic and contemporary art discourse, the artist has recently begun to be reconsidered within the broader context of architectural theory. This book, Barbara Kasten: Architecture & Film (2015–2020), concretizes this legacy within the artist’s practice and contextualizes her ongoing investigations into how moving images and perception play within and through architectural forms. Departing from Stages, the publication includes texts that consider the influence of Mies van der Rohe on her work, from the 2018 Artist/City installation through Bortolami Gallery within Crown Hall at Illinois Institute of Technology to the present.

Stephanie Cristello is a critic and curator living and working in Chicago. She is the founding editor-in-chief of THE SEEN, Chicago’s International Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art; artistic director at EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art; and the director/curator at Chicago Manual Style. She was previously the US senior editor for ArtSlant, and is a frequent contributor to the London-based publications ArtReview and Elephant Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Frieze Magazine, BOMB Magazine, OSMOS, and Portable Gray, published by the University of Chicago Press, among other outlets. Her essays have been included within numerous exhibition catalogues nationally and internationally. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Visual Critical Studies Department and completed a liberal arts thesis.