Jennifer Bartlett plate painting Locks Gallery

Untitled (from Series IV) [CN 2033], 1972
enamel over silkscreen grid on three baked enamel steel plates
12 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

Positive Negative Series #1 / Series X, 1971

enamel over silkscreen grid on eight baked enamel steel plates

25 x 51 inches 

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery enamel steel plates

Four Point Planes, 1972

enamel on four silkscreened and baked enamel steel plates

12 x 51 inches 

White Reflects Black Absorbs, 1974

enamel on two silked screened baked enamel steel plates

12 x 25 inches 

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery Point Line Square Enamel Steel Plates

Green Triangle, 1977
enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates
38 x 90 inches
 

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery enamel steel plates

Black Rectangle, 1975

enamel over silkscreen grid on 13 baked enamel on steel plates

51 x 103 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

Fixed Variable, 1972

enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates

64 x 64 inches

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery Point Line Square Enamel Steel Plates

Expanding Square, 1971
enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates
90 x 12 inches
 

Jennifer Bartlett From Rhapsody to Song

Black 6" Squares Series #9, 1972

enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates

103 x 12 inches (8 plates)

Jennifer Bartlett Locks Gallery enamel steel plates

Series 13 Black and White Counting, 1971

enamel over silkscreen grid on 8 baked enamel on steel plates

51 x 25 inches 

Press Release

 

    Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of plate paintings from a formative period of Jennifer Bartlett’s career. Dating from 1969-1977, the paintings all adhere to a 1-foot square, gridded plate format, yet Bartlett’s experimentational approach is reflected by their varying sequencing and number of plates. A new, comprehensive catalogue of the artist’s 1970s plate painting and studies, including works in museum collections, accompanies the exhibit. These serial works, each with imagery derived from individual dots on steel plates, develop a rich progression that conjures up the essence of Kandinsky’s influential 1926 essay entitled Point and Line to Plane, Kandinsky’s essay maps out a philosophical blueprint for Bartlett in the 1970s. Bartlett’s evolving subject and sequencing culminated in Rhapsody, a 987-plate painting and seminal work created in 1975- 1976. 

    Jennifer Losch Bartlett (b. Long Beach, CA, 1941) received her B.A. from Mills College, CA, and her B.F.A. (1964) and M.F.A. (1965) from Yale University, CT. Her works are in the collections of Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Berkeley Art Museum, CA; Brooklyn Museum,NY; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Denver Art Museum,CO; de Young Museum, CA; Fogg Art Museum, MA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Museum of Modern Art, NY; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, MO; North Carolina Museum of Art,NC; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,PA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Princeton Art Museum, NJ; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VA; Walker Art Center, MN; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; and The Tate Gallery, London, England, among others. Her work was the focus of an exhibition and monograph Epic Systems: Three Monumental Paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2015. Her recent retrospective History of the Universe, curated by Klaus Ottman traveled to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA and Parrish Art Museum, NY, with an accompanying catalog. Other solo exhibitions have taken place at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Brooklyn Museum, NY; The Tate Gallery, London, England; Baltimore Art Museum, MD; and The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT.