Richard Barnes | Obscured Modernism: The Glass House Revealed

Richard Barnes Philip Johnson Glass House | Bau-Xi Gallery Toronto and Vancouver


This March, Bau-Xi Gallery is pleased to present a curated selection of Richard Barnes’ 2014 body of work in an exhibition entitled, Obscured Modernism: The Glass House Revealed. Deftly shot in New Canaan, Conneticut, this series captures the interaction between Philip Johnson's iconic architectural masterpiece of the same name and Fujiko Nakaya's encompassing fog installation, Veil

In 2014, Barnes was approached by former Glass House director and chief curator, Henry Urbach, to document Nakaya’s installation. Fully immersing himself in the project, Barnes visited the active installation each month during its run. The photographs that came as a result of that dedication evoke romantic reverie; a dramatic shift from the more calculated series, Unabomber, the artists' forensic documenation of Ted Kaczynski's cabin.

Designed between 1945 and 1948, the Glass House is one structure within the residential compound comprised of several structures. It is located on a headland overlooking a pond with clear views of the woods and surrounding landscape. The house is 55 feet long and 33 feet wide Not only did the Glass House introduce the International Style into American residential architecture, it is considered to be one of Johnson’s most iconic masterpieces. Interestingly, it also served as Johnson’s residence from 1949 until his passing in 2005.

Obscured Modernism: The Glass House Revealed is on view at Bau-Xi Photo, 350 Dundas Street West, Toronto, from March 13-27, 2021. Please contact a gallery representative to receive an advanced preview by email ( or telephone (416-977-0400).


About Richard Barnes:

Richard Barnes has exhibited solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, and the University of Michigan Art Museum. His works can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. He is the recipient of the prestigious Julius Schulman Award for 2011. In 2006, Barnes’ photographs of the the “Unabomber” Cabin were featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and awarded the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for Photography.

The artist has been represented by Bau-Xi Gallery since 2010.



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