Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery plate

1 Point Plane to 9 Point Plane, 1973

enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates

38 x 38 inches

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery plate

Four Right Angles, 1972

enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates

103 x 64 inches

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery plate

Fixed/Variable Summer '72, 1972

enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates

64 x 64 inches

Jennifer Bartlett plate painting Locks Gallery

Color Index I, 1974
enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates
64 x 77 inches
Collection of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

Jennifer Bartlett Plate Locks Gallery

Count 1 2 3, 1974
enamel over silkscreened grid on enameled steel plates
38 x 38 inches

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery plate

Two Ways of Bisecting Eight Plates, 1973

enamel over silkscreen grid on eight steel plates 

25 x 51 inches

Jennifer Bartlett plate painting Locks Gallery

Drawing and Painting, 1974
enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates
155 x 155 inches
Collection of The Museum of Modern Art

Artist Bio

Jennifer Losch Bartlett (b. 1941, Long Beach, CA) studied at Mills College in California and graduated from Yale University before moving to New York City in 1967. Within her systematic and diverse studio practice, she consistently explores the environments where she lives, travels, and works and simultaneously exhausts the possibilities for painterly representation.

Her unprecedented piece Rhapsody (1975–76, collection Museum of Modern Art), a painting on 987 gridded, enameled steel plates, reads as a lyrical conversation between mathematical abstraction and painterly figuration. The work in many ways laid a roadmap for her entire career, touching upon all of the subjects and styles she would research and explore in more depth.

Bartlett is known for creating room-size installations out of a single project, including In the Garden (1980), a series of nearly two hundred drawings of a garden in Nice, and the plate pieces Song (2007, collection Cleveland Museum of Art), and Recitative (2009–10). She oscillates between painting on steel plates and canvas, occasionally combining the two as she did for the monumental commission Swimmers Atlanta (Atlanta Courthouse, 1979). Comprehensive and novelistic, her body of work raises and revisits themes, including the house icon that she developed into her celebrated Addresses series (1976–78), and multiple perspectives of her own home and garden (Air: 24 Hours (1994), diptychs series from 2010–11). Color indexes and logical patterns pervade her abstract paintings, including her rule-based plate pieces, shaped canvases from the early 2000s, and the ‘blob paintings’ from 2012–13.

Jennifer Bartlett’s first survey exhibition was held in 1985 and traveled to the Walker Art Center, MN; the Brooklyn Museum, NY; and the Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, PA, among others. In 2006, the Addison Gallery of American Art surveyed Bartlett's early enameled steel plate paintings in the period from 1968–76. In 2013–14, Klaus Ottmann curated her second traveling survey Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe—Works 1970–2011, which visited the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA and the Parrish Art Museum, NY. In 2014, the Cleveland Museum of Art united her three monumental plate pieces, Rhapsody, Song, and Recitative in the exhibition Epic Systems. Bartlett’s works are represented in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, TX; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; the Tate Modern, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY among many others.

Jennifer Bartlett
First Floor Gallery
Jennifer Bartlett
Point, Line, Square, Getting Somewhere February 21 – March 31, 2017
Annual Holiday Show
2nd Floor Gallery
Annual Holiday Show
November 18, 2016 – December 30, 2017
In The Garden Works on Paper
Third Floor Gallery
In The Garden Works on Paper
Jennifer Bartlett November 19 - December 30, 2016
Summer of '16
First Floor Gallery
Summer of '16
Edna Andrade, Jennifer Bartlett, Kate Bright, Sarah McEneaney, Elizabeth Osborne, and Rob Wynne June 17 – August 15, 2016
Jennifer Bartlett
First Floor Gallery
Jennifer Bartlett
The Mind in Action: Early Drawings and Plates: 1968-1975 March 24 – April 30, 2016
Jennifer Bartlett
Second Floor Gallery
Jennifer Bartlett
Hospital Paintings October 2 – November 13, 2015
Jennifer Bartlett
Second Floor Gallery
Jennifer Bartlett
In the Garden (1980–83) August 1, 2014 – September 27, 2015
Jennifer Bartlett
Second and Third Floor Gallery
Jennifer Bartlett
Chaos Theory (1971-2013) May 16 – June 29, 2013
Jennifer Bartlett
Second Floor Gallery
Jennifer Bartlett
Addresses (1976-1978) April 20 – May 25, 2012
Jennifer Bartlett
Second Floor Gallery
Jennifer Bartlett
The Studio Inside Out May 18 – June 30, 2011
Jennifer Bartlett
Second Floor Gallery
Jennifer Bartlett
From Rhapsody to Song April 18 – May 24, 2008
Jennifer Bartlett
Second Floor Gallery
Jennifer Bartlett
Painting the Language of Nature and Painting October 6 – November 11, 2006
Jennifer Bartlett
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett
Binary Images: Shaped Canvases and Plate Paintings October 1 – November 12, 2005
Jennifer Bartlett
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett
At Sea March 5 – April 24, 2004
Jennifer Bartlett
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett
New Work May 4 – June 8, 2001
Jennifer Bartlett
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett
Islands and Oceans June 2 – 30, 2000
Jennifer Bartlett
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett
New Paintings September 25 – October 31, 1998
Jennifer Bartlett
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett
Important Works: 1974-1995 March 1 – April 6, 1996
Jennifer Bartlett
Second Floor Gallery
Jennifer Bartlett
Recent Works from the AIR: 24 Hours Series April 1 – May 14, 1994