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Family Commisson With Snake (Close-Up), 2007, © Tina Barney, courtesy Kasmin, New York


Tina Barney

Family Ties

From 28 September 2024 to 19 January 2025

Jeu de Paume – Paris

Jeu de Paume showcases the vibrant, singular work of influential American photographer Tina Barney, who is best known for exploring intergenerational familial rituals and the subtle nuances of human connection.

Spanning over 40 years of the artist’s career, the exhibition marks the artist’s first European retrospective.
Born in 1945, Tina Barney began taking photographs of her relatives and friends in the late 1970s. A keen observer of family traditions, her work focuses on cultural habits within domestic settings. Her colorful and large-scale portraits may appear as family snapshots at first glance, however many have been carefully staged by the artist, creating intricate tableaux that establish a dialogue with classical painting. This exhibition will also include work from Barney’s editorial practice in which portraits of celebrities and models for fashion magazines and luxury brands share the same complexity, sensitivity, and humor found in her fine art practice.

Spanning the breadth of Barney’s career, the exhibition will include fifty-five large-scale works from Barney’s earliest through her most recent series, including those previously unseen in Europe.

“The only way to examine ourselves, or the history of our lives, is through photography.”

Curator : Quentin Bajac, director of Jeu de Paume.
Exhibition produced by Jeu de Paume.