Barbara Kasten/ Barbara Kasten

United States 1936

Conceptual Art, Photography, Abstract Art

Barbara Kasten
Barbara Kasten
Female
United States
1936

Barbara Kasten makes abstract creations in a carefully assembled environment, where she uses the power of lighting and reflections to form abstract photographs of the constructed objects. With the interplay of lighting and mirror reflection, she plays with perception. Her photographs have the distorted proportions and characteristic geometrical structures. The materials she uses to form sculptures are incredibly diverse, and she uses glass, mirrors, plastic and plexiglass. Her sculptures are of large dimensions, and they are inspired by the Bauhaus aesthetics, early Modernism, and light projection works of James Turrell. There is a great deal of Constructivism aesthetics in her creations, and she often states that László Moholy-Nagy’s artwork inspired the conception of her ideas.

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Barbara Kasten – Architectural Site 6 / 1986,Architectural Site 7, 1986

Kasten’s Early Bio and the Twist of 3D Space

Kasten was born in 1936, in Chicago. Upon her high-school years, she decided to study painting and textile, and she earned a BFA at the University of Arizona, and later MFA at the California College of Arts & Crafts. Her training and education helped her to form a unique approach to sculpture, geometrical assemblages and abstraction. She mastered the skill of turning 3D space into the conceptual two-dimensional photograph. She successfully manipulates the physical space and transfers her vision of constructed reality. Along with photography, she makes video art, sculptures, and installations that she uses for her photography, and for individual thematic pieces. When she constructs her large-scale geometrical sculptures she does not fix them together. There is nothing holding them in assembly, but the power of gravity. In that way, she honors the manual, analog, mechanic and sort of personal approach to her artistic assembly.

When it’s time to select the material, she uses the best ones for lighting and shading

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Barbara Kasten – Studio Construct 19 / 2007, Studio Construct 123, 2011

The Power of Color and Related Shading

The core of her photographic actions is the question about the possibility of abstract photography. A picture has to have its subject, something that is defined and structured in solid form. It was quite challenging to choose an appropriate material, such as acrylic blocks or fiberglass screen. Light and shading are essential for the glorious effect of depth in these photographs. That is one of the main reasons the artist chooses a clear material so that light could get through and induce a shadow. The artist explores the physical world in an organized and systematical manner. She classifies all the objects under the geometrical categories and makes a scheme of all things existent. In that way, she can create an illusion of perfectionism and generate a great deal of precision in her work. The one and only thing that drives her to pursue work in a detailed and organized method are her personal beliefs and ideas. No wonder she is an inspiration for the new, raising, contemporary artists.

Quite a lot of young artists became interested for Kasten’s abstract art photography

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Barbara Kasten – Transposition 3, 2014 / Transposition 5, 2014

The Retrospective of Collections

In 2015, she had a world’s premier of the retrospective art exhibition called Stages where she offered the audience a ride through some of her most amazing photos. Barbara Kasten singled out some of her most significant series. The magic of photography is the ability to capture the given space, but to load in a whole new dimension to it, whether that would be through changing of dimensions, or the special lighting technique. Color also plays a major role in her sets, because the artist doesn’t use it to reference a subject. The choice of color is only made by its capability to carry and transfer light. In the 70’s and 80’s Kasten made small abstraction photos in the series called Construct that were indeed large-scale build sets. That was her take on architecture and the nature of living space transformation by shapes and lights. In a Transpositions series she continued to play with depth and dimensions, and especially the uncatchable nature of lighting transformation that twists the space. This property is sometimes only visible through the amazing eye of her lens.

Featured image: portrait of the artist image © Chicago Architecture Biennial
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Barbara Kasten: StagesMOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, USSolo
2016Staging ArchitectureKadel Willborn, Dusseldorf, DESolo
2016Inszeniert Spektakel und Rollenspiel in der GegenwartskunstKunsthalle Munchen, DEGroup
2016Tales of RaciocinationCampoli Presti, London, UKGroup
2016Chicago and VicinityShane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, USGroup
2016Still Life with Fish: Photography from the CollectionHammer Museum, Los Angeles, USGroup
2016Camera of WondersCentro de la Imagen, Mexico City, MXGroup
2016Gist & GestureKavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, USGroup
2016Every Day I Make My WayMinerva, Sydney, AUGroup
2016Vitreous HumourKansas Gallery, New York, USGroup
2015Barbara Kasten: StagesGraham Foundation, Chicago, USSolo
2015SET MOTIONBortolami, New York, USSolo
2015Barbara Kasten: StagesInstitute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USSolo
2015Cyanotypes: Photography’s Blue PeriodWorcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, USGroup
2015Extended CompositionsKunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DEGroup
2015Celebrating Photography at the National Gallery of Art: Recent GiftsNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USGroup
2015IMAGINE REALITY. RAY 2015 Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt Rhein MainMMK Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Fotografie Forum, Frankfurt am Main, DEGroup
2015Women and AbstractionCornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, USGroup
2015The Architectural ImpulseCristin Tierney Gallery, New York, NY, USGroup
2015Part PictureMuseum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada Group
2015Colors of the SouthwestNew Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM, USGroup
2014Barbara KastenDusseldorf Photo Weekend, Kadel Willborn, Dusseldorf, DESolo
20141980's Style: Image and Design in The Dorsky Museum CollectionSamuel Dorksy Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, USGroup
2014Altarations: Built, Blended, ProcessedUniversity Galleries, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, USGroup
2014The Will to ArchitectureMuseum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas, USGroup
2014The Material ImageMarianne Boesky Gallery, New York, New York, USGroup
2014The Invented Image: Photographs From the CollectionHigh Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USGroup
2014A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the StudioMuseum of Modern Art, New York, USGroup
2014Photo LabNew Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USGroup
2013ScenesKadel Willborn, Dusseldorf, DESolo
2013The Pommery Experience #11, An Odyssey: 30 Years of FRAC Champagne-ArdenneReims, FRGroup
2013Think First, Shoot Later, Photography from the MCA CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, USGroup
2013Colors American Photography TransformedAmon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX, USGroup
2013HistoriesPhotographiesDePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL, USGroup
2013The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and ExperimentationVassar College, New York, USGroup
2013Beyond the ObjectBrand New Gallery, Milan, ITGroup
2013Decenter: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory ShowHenry Street Settlement´s Abrons Arts Center, New York, USGroup
2013Colour Rush: 75 Years of Colour Photography in AmericaMilwaukee Museums of Art, Milwaukee, USGroup
2013Museum of Modern Art and Western Antiquities Department of Light Recordings, Section IV: Lens DrawingsMarian Goodman Gallery, Paris, FRGroup
2013Photography, ReconstructedPrague Biennale Photo 3, Prague Biennale 6, Prague, CZGroup
2013Black Rabbit, White HoleSamuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, USGroup
2013A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art MuseumSmithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., USGroup
2013See the Light – Photography, Perception, Cognition: The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon CollectionLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USGroup
2013The 5th DimensionRicou Gallery, Brussels, BEGroup
2013Barbara Kasten & Sara BarkerMary Mary, Glasgow, Laura Barlett Gallery, London, UKDuo
2013The Stand In (Or a Glass of Milk), Phase 1: An Unbiased TealPublic Fiction, Los Angeles, CA, USGroup
2012Behind the CurtainJessica Silverman Gallery, San Fransisco, California, USSolo
2012Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and NowdeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, USGroup
2012Tektonika: Barbara Kasten & Magicgruppe KulturobjektNurnberger Kunstverein, Nurnberg, DEGroup
2012Barbara Kasten and Justin Beal: Constructs, Abrasions, Melon and CucumbersBortolami Gallery, New York, USGroup
2012ConstructMary Mary, Glasgow, UKGroup
2012Eclectic CoherenceExpo Chicago, Chicago, USGroup
2012Lost LineLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USGroup
2012Towards a Warm MathOn Stellar Rays Gallery, New York, USGroup
2011Barbara KastenGalerie Kadel Willborn, Karlsruhe, DESolo
2011Experimental Photography from the 70’sGallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CASolo
2011IneluctableTony Wight Gallery, Chicago, USSolo
2011Distilled MomentsSanta Barbara Museum of Art, California, USGroup
2011From Polaroid to (IM)POSSIBLE, Masterpieces of Instant PhotographyThe WestLicht Collection, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2011Constructions, Barbara Kasten and Alexandra LeykaufCarl Freedman Gallery, London, UKDuo
2011Channel to the New ImageFriedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USGroup
2011Untitled DocumentTony Wight Gallery, Chicago, USGroup
2010Barbara KastenGallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, USSolo
2010Barbara KastenAlmine Rech Gallery, Paris, FRSolo
2010Starburst: The History of Color Photography in the 1970’sThe Cincinnati Museum of Art, OH, USGroup
2010Picturing the StudioSchool of the Art Institute Sullivan Galleries, USGroup
2010In a PaperweightTony Wight Gallery, Chicago, IL, USGroup
2010Group ExhibitionMonique Meloche, Chicago, IL, USGroup
2010Group ExhibitionShane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL, USGroup
2010Just a Matter of TimeGalerie Kadel Willborn, Karlsruhe, DEGroup
2010Let There Be GeoA+D Gallery, Columbia College Chicago, IL, USGroup
2009Through a Glass DarklyVideo Installation, SubCity, Fine Arts Building, Chicago, USSolo
2009Contemporary AbstractionsYancey Richardson Gallery, NY, USGroup
2009TwilightHarris Lieberman Gallery, NY, USGroup
2009ConstructivismesAlmine Rech Gallery, Brussels, BEGroup
2009The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in PhotographyAperture Gallery, New York, USGroup
2009Polaroid: Exp 09.10.09Atlas Gallery, London, GBGroup
2008Re-Considering Color, Postmodern Classical IIThe City College, CUNY, NY, USGroup
2007Barbara KastenStephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, USSolo
2006Barbara KastenYancey Richardson Gallery, NY, USSolo
2006Alinari National Museum of PhotographyPolaroid Collection Florence, ITGroup
2004Barbara KastenGallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, California, USSolo
2004Barbara KastenTampa Gallery of Photography, Tampa, Florida, USSolo
2004In the Center of Things: A Tribute to Harold JonesCenter for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ, USGroup
2003American PerspectivesPhotographs from Polaroid Collection, Boston, MA, USGroup
2002Barbara KastenArt Museum, University of Memphis, Tennessee, USSolo
2002Go On Being, Our Blue StarTokyo Fuji Art Museum, JPGroup
2002Through the Looking GlassCatherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, Il, USGroup
2001Barbara KastenGallery Luisotti, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California, USSolo
2001Zeros and ones: Digital PhotographyCollege of St. Francis, River Forest, Il, USGroup
2001Photograms from the 20th CenturyJonson Gallery, University of New Mexico, USGroup
2001City 2000 - A project to document Chicago in the Year 2000Chicago Cultural Center, USGroup
2000Barbara KastenSmallworks Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada, USSolo
2000Cameraless ImagesThe Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USGroup
2000Thomas Joshua Cooper, Anna Fox, Barbara Kasten, Seydou Keita, Tracey Moffatt and Gary HillbergMuseum of Contemporay Photography, Columbia College Chicago, USGroup
2000First WorksGlass Curtin Gallery, Columbia College Chicago, Illinois, USGroup
2000Exhibition Highlights, 1995-2000Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USGroup
2000Polaroid CollectionTokyo Metro Museum of Photography, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2000Architectural ConstructsJulie Saul Gallery, New York, New York, USGroup
1999Barbara KastenJohn Weber Gallery, New York, New York, USSolo
1999Barbara KastenGallery Luisotti, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California, USSolo
1999Contemporary ClassicismNeuberger Museum, Purchase, New York, USGroup
1999Marjorie & Leonard Vernon CollectionSanta Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara, California, USGroup
1999Ancient HistoryYancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USGroup
1999Membership PrintMuseum of Contempoary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, USGroup
1998Barbara KastenYancey Richardson Gallery, New York, New York, USSolo
1998Photograph’s Multiple RolesMuseum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, USGroup
19984 P-platinum, pixilated, pinhole, polaroidCaldwell College, New Jersey, USGroup
1998Masterpieces of Photography from the Merrill Lynch CollectionJames A. Michener Art Museum, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USGroup
1997Barbara KastenSmall Works Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada, USSolo
1997Connexions and Disconnexions: Filiaci, Kasten, Thomas & TangerNuova Icona, Venice, ITGroup
1997Eye of the BeholderAvon Collection, International Center of Photography, New York, USGroup
1996Through the Lens... and backYancey Richardson Gallery, New York, New York, USSolo
1996Goddesses, Temples & RelicsHerbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USSolo
1996BuriedFrederick Spratt Gallery, San Jose, California, USSolo
1996Buried: Goddesses, Temples & AmphorasGallery Luisotti, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California, USSolo
1996The Painted PhotographUniversity of Wyoming, DeCordova Museum, Massachusetts, USGroup
1995Barbara KastenContemporary Art Center, Vilnius, LTSolo
1995Barbara KastenParchman Stremmel, San Antonio, Texas, USSolo
1995Image de la mereLe Forum des Halles, Paris, FRGroup
1995Targeting Images, Objects + IdeasMuseum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois, USGroup
1995Bit by bit, Postphotographic ImagingHunter College, New York, USGroup
1995Group ExhibitionGalleries, Bowling Green, Ohio, USGroup
1995This is A Set-Up: Fab Photo FictionsBowling Green State University, Fine Art Center, USGroup
1994Portrait of My MotherFrench Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland, London, GBGroup
1994Stilled Pictures-Still LifeUniversity of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USGroup
1994Metamorphoses: Photography in the Electronic AgeAperture, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; San Jose Museum of Art, California, USGroup
1994Defining ColorTZ Art & Co., New York, USGroup
1994Seurat Grows UpMaine Coast Artist, Rockport, Maine, USGroup
1994The Allan Chasanoff Photographic Collection: Tradition and the UnpredictableThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USGroup
1994Experimental Vision: The Evolution of the PhotographThe Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, USGroup
1993Place SazabyGallery RAM, Los Angeles, California, USSolo
1993American Made: The New Still LifeIsetan Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Royal College of Art, London, GBGroup
1992El MedolTinglado 2, Tarragona, ESSolo
1992Barbara KastenJohn Weber Gallery, New York, New York, USSolo
1992Barbara Kastend.p. Fong and Spratt Gallery, San Jose, California, USSolo
1992New Acquisitions, New Work, New DirectionsLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USGroup
1992California, The Cultural EdgeDirectors Guild of America, L.A., California, USGroup
1992Set and SettingBerlandHall Gallery, New York, USGroup
1992Proof: Los Angeles Art and the Photograph, 1960-1980Laguna Art Museum Laguna Beach, California, USGroup
1991Barbara Kasten: Works from 1986-1990Spirit Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USSolo
1991Barbara Kasten: A Retrospective 1980-1990Photo Forum, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USSolo
1991The Pueblos SeriesURBI et ORBI Galerie, Paris, FRSolo
1991Barbara KastenPARCO Exposure Gallery, Tokyo, JPSolo
1991Site Work: Architecture in Photography Since Early ModernismThe Photographers' Gallery, London, GBGroup
1991To Collect the Art of WomenFine Arts Museum, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USGroup
1990Cliff DwellingsEhlers-Caudill Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USSolo
1990Barbara KastenJohn Weber Gallery, New York, New York, USSolo
1990Constructed SpacesPhotographic Resource Center, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USGroup
1990Das Konstruierte BildKunstverein Munchen, Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Forum Bottchectruse, Bremen, Badischer Kunstverein, DEGroup
1990Focus on Photography 1980-1990Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, Virginia, USGroup
1989Barbara KastenThe University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USSolo
1989Barbara Kasten: Architectural SitesInternational Center of Photography Midtown, New York, New York, 1989, USSolo
1989Barbara KastenKrygier Landau Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, USSolo
1989The Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the 1980'sNational Museum of American Art, Washington D.C., Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USGroup
1989Abstraction in PhotographyZabriskie Gallery, New York, USGroup
1989Photographs from Private Twin Cities CollectionsMinneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USGroup
1988Barbara Kasten: Architectural SitesFay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, USSolo
1988Fabrications: Staged, Altered, and Appropriated PhotographsInternational Center of Photography, New York, USGroup
1988M. Anwal Kamal Collection of ArtCummer Gallery of Art, Jacksonville, Florida, USGroup
1988Selections 4Photokina 88, Polaroid Gallery, Cologne, West Germany, USGroup
1987Separate Realities: The Photographs of Barbara KastenJohn Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USSolo
1987Barbara KastenLoyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USSolo
1987Barbara KastenKimo Theater, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USSolo
1987Barbara KastenRichard Green Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USSolo
1987Architectural SitesJohn Weber Gallery, New York, USSolo
1987ART AGAINST AIDSBenefit for The American Foundation for AIDS Reserarch, New York, USGroup
1987Photography and Art: Interactions Since 1946Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USGroup
1987The Composed ExposureJeffrey Linden Gallery, West Hollywood, California, USGroup
1986Barbara KastenFoster Goldstrom Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USSolo
1986Barbara KastenYurakucho Asahi Gallery, Tokyo, JPSolo
1986Barbara KastenKeihan Gallery, Osaka, JPSolo
1986Barbara KastenJohn Weber Gallery, New York, USSolo
1986Art and Advertising: Commercial Photography by ArtistsInternational Center of Photography, New York, USGroup
1986Artists in Mid-CareerSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Franicsco, California, USGroup
1986Barbara Kasten - Gwenn ThomasReynoldsMinor Gallery, Richmond, USDuo
1986Paris-New York-TokyoTsukuba Museum of Photography, Tokyo, JPGroup
1986Extending the Perimeters of 20th Century PhotographySan Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California, USGroup
1986Images of ExcellenceInternational Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, USGroup
1985Recent Photographic ConstructionsVision Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, USSolo
1985Barbara KastenSanta Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, USSolo
1985Barbara KastenJoe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USSolo
1985ConstructsPort Washington Library, Port Washington, New York, USSolo
1985Barbara KastenCenter for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USSolo
1985Exact SeeingCapp Street Project, San Francisco, California, USSolo
1985Barbara KastenG.H. Dalsheimer Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, USSolo
1985Toward an Interconnectedness of All ThingsWright State University, Dayton, USSolo
1985PHOTOGRAMSThe John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan Wisconsin, USGroup
1984Barbara KastenKarl Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USSolo
1984Barbara KastenColumbia College, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois, USSolo
1984Barbara KastenThe Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USSolo
1984Barbara KastenJohn Weber Gallery, New York, USSolo
1984Group ExhibitionCentre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FRGroup
1984Contemporary Constructs: 20 Los Angeles PhotographersLos Angeles Center for Photographic Studies Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California, USGroup
1984Photography in California: 1945 to the PresentSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USGroup
1984Barbara Kasten - Timothy LambFilm in the Cities Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota, USDuo
1984Barbara Kasten - Timothy LambFilm-in-the-Cities Gallery, St. Paul, MNDuo
1984Group ExhibitionMuseum Folkwang, Essen, DEGroup
1983Barbara KastenCarol Taylor Art, Dallas, Texas, USSolo
1983Photographers invite PhotographersN.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, Il, USGroup
1983HabitatsThe Clocktower, New York, USGroup
1983An Artistic Conversation, 1931-1982: PolandUSADublin, IEGroup
1983In Color: Ten California PhotographersThe Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, USGroup
1983Big Pictures By Contemporary PhotographersMuseum of Modern Art, NY, USGroup
1983Three-Dimensional PhotographsCastelli Graphics, New York, USGroup
1982Barbara KastenHerbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USSolo
1982Barbara KastenSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USSolo
1982Centric 2Art Museum and Galleries, California State University, Long Beach, California, USSolo
1982Barbara KastenUniversity of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USSolo
1982Barbara KastenJohn Weber Gallery, New York, USSolo
1982International Museum of Photography at Eastman House, Rochester, New York, USGroup
1982Color as Form: History of Color PhotographyCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USGroup
1982Studio Work: Photographs by Ten Los Angeles ArtistsLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USGroup
198220 x 24 PolaroidNational Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, USGroup
1982Poland USA ExchangeARC Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, FRGroup
1982Stanley BowmanBarbara KastenSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USGroup
1981Barbara KastenInternational Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, New York, USSolo
1981Still Life: Photographs from the Collection of the Museum of Modern ArtMOMA, New York, USGroup
1980Contemporary Photographs: Fernandez, Fulton, Kasten, RomeRobert Freidus Gallery, New York, USGroup
1980Reasoned SpacesCenter for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USGroup
1979The New Season: 9 Contemporary PhotographersWitkin Gallery, New York, USGroup
1979Attitudes: Photography in the l970'sSanta Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, USGroup
1979Altered PhotographsThe Institute for Art and Urban Resources, PS 1, Long Island City, New York, USGroup
1979InterchangeMount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, California, USGroup
1978Non-Camera BlueprintsThe Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis, USSolo
1977Barbara KastenSimon Lowinsky Gallery, San Francisco, California, USSolo
1977Point of View: Carson, Kasten, Preston, WolfLos Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, USGroup
1977Callis, Kasten, ZimmermanUniversity of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USGroup
1976Barbara KastenJack Glenn Gallery, Newport Beach, California, USSolo
1976Barbara KastenThe Phoenix Gallery, San Francisco, California, USSolo
1976Barbara KastenVisual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York, USSolo
1975Gallery as StudioScripps College, Claremont, California, USGroup
1974Barbara KastenBrand Library and Art Center, Glendale, USSolo
1974Barbara Kasten and Leland RiceRoss-Freeman Gallery, Northridge, USGroup
1973Seated FormsIsabelle Percy West Gallery, California College of Arts and Culture, Oakland, USSolo
1972Fiber SculptureGaleria Rzez 769, Warsaw, PolandSolo
1972Barbara KastenGallery of Sculpture, Warsaw, PLSolo
1971Fiber SculptureAnneberg Gallery, San Francisco, USSolo
1971PhotomediaMuseum of Contemporary Arts and Crafts, New York, New York, USGroup
1971Fiber Sculpture by Barbara Kasten and Image Banners by Maggie BrosnanFinancial Plaza of the Pacific, Honolulu, USGroup
1971Photo Image in PrintmakingSan Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, USGroup
1970California PhotographersUniversity of California, Davis, California, USGroup