Bayshore Walk, 1976-1977

enamel on 72 silkscreen gridded baked enamel steel plates

38 x 311 inches

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery Address

Falcon Avenue, Seaside Walk, Dwight Street, Jarvis Street, Greene Street, 1976

enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates

51 x 259 inches

Collection Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery 17 White Street

17 White Street, 1977

Enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates

116 x 116 inches

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery Address

2 Priory Walk, 1977

enamel over silkscreen grid on 64 baked enamel steel plates

103 x 103 inches

Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery Address

5725 East Ocean Boulevard, 1977

enamel over silkscreen grid on 99 baked enamel steel plates

77 x 350 inches

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery Address North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh

123 East 19th Street, 1977
Enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates 
51 x 259 in
Collection North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
 

Jennifer Bartlett Graceland Mansion Locks Gallery

Graceland Mansion, 1977

Enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates 

51 x 259 inches

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery Address

27 Howard Street; Day and Night, 1977

enamel over silkscreen grid on 96 baked enamel steel plates

155 x 103 inches

Jennifer Bartlett address Locks Gallery

Overhill Road, Shawnee Mansion, 1977
enamel over silkscreen grid on enameled steel plates
103 x 103 inches
Collection of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jennifer Bartlett addresses Locks Gallery

237 Lafayette Street, 1978
enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates
38 x 142 inches
Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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.

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