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If there were a sculptural equivalent to the way Sofia Coppola creates movement in her films without ever swiveling her camera, it might be the work of the artist Barbara Kasten, who has spent decades vividly lighting, peripatetically angling, and meticulously photographing sculpture and architecture so that each space is totally redefined—at times, seemingly turned upside down—inside her frame.

The solo retrospective “Barbara Kasten: Stages” is on view through August 16 at the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, 118 S. 36th Street.

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Barbara Kasten, “Construct 32,” 1986. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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“Barbara Kasten: Stages.” Photo courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia.

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Barbara Kasten, “Architectural Site 17,” 1988. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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“Barbara Kasten: Stages.” Photo courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia.

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“Barbara Kasten: Stages.” Photo courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia.

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“Barbara Kasten: Stages.” Photo courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia.