Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery plate

Fixed/Variable, 1972

enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates

64 x 64 inches

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

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 From Rhapsody to Song

Puzzle, 1972

enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates

64 x 64 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

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

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
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett
In the Garden : Strange Holiday January 4 – February 9, 2019
/ Off The Wall
Second Floor Gallery
/ Off The Wall
June 15 – July 27, 2018
Jennifer Bartlett
Second Floor Gallery
Jennifer Bartlett
House (1977- 2007) May 4 – June 8, 2018
Jennifer Bartlett
Third Floor Gallery
Jennifer Bartlett
Pastels August 4 – September 16, 2017
Jennifer Bartlett
First Floor Gallery
Jennifer Bartlett
Point, Line, Square, Getting Somewhere February 21 – March 31, 2017
In The Garden Works on Paper
Third Floor Gallery
In The Garden Works on Paper
Jennifer Bartlett November 19 - December 30, 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
The Armory Show 2018
Art Fair
The Armory Show 2018
Pier 94, Booth 729 March 8 - 11, 2018
Jennifer Bartlett and Edna Andrade
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett and Edna Andrade
at the Met Breuer September 13, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Jennifer Bartlett
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett
The Drawing Center January 22 - March 20, 2016
Jennifer Bartlett
Publication
Jennifer Bartlett
Epic Systems monograph July 9, 2015
Jennifer Bartlett
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett
Cleveland Museum of Art Sep 7, 2014 - Feb 22, 2015
Locks Gallery Artists at PAFA
Exhibition
Locks Gallery Artists at PAFA
Jun 27, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014
Jennifer Bartlett
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett
Princeton University Art Museum June 11, 2014
Jennifer Bartlett
News
Jennifer Bartlett
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY Apr 27, 2014 - Jul 13, 2014
Jennifer Bartlett
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett
Kunstsaele Berlin, Germany Mar 14, 2014 - Apr 26, 2014
Jennifer Bartlett
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA Jun 27, 2013 - Oct 13, 2013
The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World at PAFA
Exhibition
The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World at PAFA
Nov 17, 2012 - Apr 7, 2013
ADAA Art Show
Event
ADAA Art Show
Mar 7, 2012 - Mar 11, 2012
Jennifer Bartlett
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett
Jennifer Bartlett: Rhapsody on view at The Museum of Modern Art, New York Apr 27, 2011
Edna Andrade, Jennifer Bartlett, and Lynda Benglis
Review
Edna Andrade, Jennifer Bartlett, and Lynda Benglis
New York Times review by Roberta Smith September 14, 2017
Jennifer Bartlett: Art in America
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: Art in America
By Serena Qiu December 2015
Jennifer Bartlett: Title Magazine
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: Title Magazine
September 25, 2014

"Jennifer Bartlett: In the Garden" by Kerry Bickford

Jennifer Bartlett: New York Times
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: New York Times
May 11, 2014

"Grids and Steel Spanning Great Divides: A Review of Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe— Works 1970-2011 in Water Mill" By Martha Schwendener

Jennifer Bartlett: Modern Painters
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: Modern Painters
April 2014

"On and Off the Grid: A Painter Bends Conceptualism's Rules" by Wendy Vogel

Jennifer Bartlett: ARTnews
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: ARTnews
November 2013

"Jennifer Bartlett: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts" by Edith Newhall

Jennifer Bartlett: Artforum
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: Artforum
June 28, 2013

"Jennifer Bartlett" by Julian Elias Bronner

Jennifer Bartlett: Art in America
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: Art in America
June 26, 2013

"Jennifer Bartlett's Universe in Philadelphia" by Brian Boucher

Jennifer Bartlett: The New York Times
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: The New York Times
June 20, 2013

"Organizing an Organizer’s Life: Jennifer Bartlett Gets a Museum Retrospective" by Hilarie Sheets

Jennifer Bartlett: Artforum
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: Artforum
May 12, 2012

"Critics' Picks: Jennifer Bartlett" by Christopher Howard

Jennifer Bartlett: The New York Times
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: The New York Times
March 09, 2012

"Across Aisles, Accidental Pas de Deux" by Karen Rosenberg

Jennifer Bartlett: The Brooklyn Rail
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: The Brooklyn Rail
July/August 2011

Jennifer Bartlett, Interview by Phong Bui

Jennifer Bartlett: New York Times
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: New York Times
April 29, 2011

"Jennifer Bartlett’s Epic 'Rhapsody' Back on View at the Modern" by Roberta Smith

Jennifer Bartlett: Art in America
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: Art in America
May 1, 2011

"Jennifer Bartlett" by Jeff Frederick

Jennifer Bartlett: Artforum
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: Artforum
March 01, 2011

"Jennifer Bartlett" by Johanna Burton

Jennifer Bartlett: The New York Times Style Magazine
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: The New York Times Style Magazine
January 13, 2011

"Artifacts | Doting on Dots: Jennifer Bartlett's 'Recitative'" by Linda Yablonsky

Jennifer Bartlett: Interview Magazine
Writing
Jennifer Bartlett: Interview Magazine
January 05, 2011

"Bigger is Better: Jennifer Bartlett" by Sarah Stephenson

Jennifer Bartlett
Steel Plate Paintings from the 1970s
Jennifer Bartlett
Point, Line, Square, Getting Somewhere 2017
Jennifer Bartlett: Hospital Paintings
Publication
Jennifer Bartlett: Hospital Paintings
Text by Raphael Rubinstein 2015
Jennifer Bartlett: In the Garden (1980-83)
Publication
Jennifer Bartlett: In the Garden (1980-83)
Text by Gregory Volk 2014
Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe (1970-2011)
Publication
Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe (1970-2011)
Text by Klaus Ottmann 2014
Jennifer Bartlett: Chaos Theory (1971-2013)
Publication
Jennifer Bartlett: Chaos Theory (1971-2013)
Text by Ann Landi 2013
Jennifer Bartlett's Enameled Steel Plates
Publication
Jennifer Bartlett's Enameled Steel Plates
Text by Marie-Claire Groeninck 2012
Jennifer Bartlett: From Rhapsody to Song
Publication
Jennifer Bartlett: From Rhapsody to Song
Text by David Moos 2008
Jennifer Bartlett: Early Plate Work
Publication
Jennifer Bartlett: Early Plate Work
Text by Brenda Richardson 2006
Jennifer Bartlett: Painting the Language of Nature and Painting
Publication
Jennifer Bartlett: Painting the Language of Nature and Painting
Text by Donald Kuspit 2006
Jennifer Bartlett, Binary Images: Shaped Canvases and Plate Paintings
Publication
Jennifer Bartlett, Binary Images: Shaped Canvases and Plate Paintings
Text by Elizabeth Murray 2005
Jennifer Bartlett: At Sea
Publication
Jennifer Bartlett: At Sea
2004
Jennifer Bartlett
Publication
Jennifer Bartlett
May 4-June 9, 2001 2001