Burt Barr began making video-works in 1984. The early pieces were single- screen and were shown in film festivals around the world such as the Montreal, Berlin, Toronto, Melbourne, San Sebastian, as well as public television broadcasts in the United States and Europe. In 1993 he made the transition to installation works, large-scale projection pieces that are currently exhibited in museums and galleries.
From the very begining, Burt Barr has worked with members of the art-world, many of them actors in various roles. Included in this group are Clarissa Dalrymple, Klaus Kertess, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Trisha Brown (his wife), Elizabeth Murray, Cecily Brown, Billy Sullivan, Jessica Craig-Martin, Nessia Pope, Robert Rauschenberg, Stephen Mueller, Carroll Dunham, Tim Davis, Teresita Fernandez, Jeff Gauntt, Ester Partegas, and "downtown " performers such as Willem DaFoe, Diane Madden & Lance Gries, Stephen Petronio & Jodi Melnick, Stanford Makishi and Jimena Paz. Working with these artists formed another and overall dimension to the work - that of documentation - of a particular people (the art community) during a particular time.
In addition, he has made several works with the Trisha Brown Company, creating pieces based on dance. These works have been shown in varied places such as the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; PBS National Broadcasts; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; ICA Philadelphia; the Leo Castelli Gallery and Anthology Film Archives, both of New York City.
In 1991 he joined the Paula Cooper Gallery. He now exhibits with and is represented by Brent Sikkema in New York City. He has had solo shows at The Whitney Museum in New York City, The Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, The Platform Contemporary Art Center in Istanbul along with installations at the Yale University Art Gallery, the ZKM Museum in Germany, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.
He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including six National Endowment for The Arts Grants, three New York State Council Grants, The American Film Institute, Arts America Grantee, the Andrea Frank Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts & Humanities, as well as production funding from private sponsors.
2007 Frog 1:15, B&W, No Sound White on White B&W, No Sound
2006 Self-Portrait 7:52 Color, Sound
2005 Watching The Paint Dry: Yellow 16:53 Color, No Sound Heater 15:00 Color, No Sound
2004 V-Formation 14:00 B&W, No Sound Winter (Snow) (1 of the Four Seasons) 15:00 Color, No Sound Roz 5:42 Color, Sound Broadway (two screens) 57:00 Color, Sound Fan 55:00 B & W, No Sound
2003 Fabian 8:17 B & W, Sound The Mile Running Time 7:25 7:25 Color, Sound Autumn (Two Turtles) (1 of the Four Seasons) 6:52 Color, No Sound Autumn (Spider Web) (1 of the Four Seasons) 3:00 Color, No Sound Summer (Surf) (1 of the Four Seasons) 8:37 Color, No Sound
2002 Spring (Tree Leaves) (1 of the 4 seasons) 14:51 Color, No Sound Portrait (1 of 10 Portraits) 14:37 Color, No Sound
2001 Focus Trisha 5:41 B & W, No Sound Jet With Trees 5:43 B & W, No Sound Jet With Planes 3:14 B & W, No Sound Angel (two screens) 14:05 B & W, Sound Sextet II (6 screens: Angel, Rain Piece, August) B & W, Sound
2001 Jet 2:08 Color, No Sound Prison Kiss (double monitors) 10:18 Color, No Sound Focus Elizabeth 3:05 B & W, No Sound Dolly Shot Twice 6:40 B & W, No Sound
1999 Sextet I (6 screens: The Hornets, Rain Piece, August) B & W, Sound August (two screens) 11:40 B & W, No Sound
1998 Rain Piece (two screens) 15:05 B & W, Sound The Long Dissolve 9:15 B & W, No Sound
1996 Slo Mo 9:30 B & W, No Sound The Hornets, Bob & Evelyn (two screens) 29:31 B & W, Sound Citizen (two screens) 54:23 B & W, Sound
1993 The Pool 28:53 B & W, Sound
1990 Aeros 32:52 Color, Sound
1989 The Dogs 17:10 Color, Sound
1988 Trisha & Carmen 13:04 Color, Sound
1987 Ice 4:33 Color, Sound
1986 With Special Thanks 5:28 Color, Sound
1985 O Panama 28:00 Color, Sound The Elevator 5:02 Color, Sound