Among the 23 fellows who have been awarded “genius” grants by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are Los Angeles-based conceptual photographer Uta Barth and New York-based photographer An-My Lê. The lucky artists each get $500,000 over the next five years.
The 54-year-old Ms. Barth shows with Tanya Bonakdar Gallery and already has many grants under her belt, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is in numerous museums and public and private collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum and the Tate Gallery, London.
An-My Lê was born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1960 but left Vietnam during the final year of the war in 1975 before finding a home as a political refugee in the U.S. Ms. Lê received an MFA from Yale University in 1993. Her film and photography examine the effects and representation of war and have included the documentation (and participation) in Vietnam War reenactments in South Carolina. She’s received fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts and has had exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography and MoMA P.S.1.
Congratulations to Ms. Barth and Ms. Lê.