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Sea Wall, 1985 

3 canvases, 84 x 369 inches; sculptural elements: 5 Boats, 5 Houses, 4 Step stones, 4 Sea wall elements, 1 seahorse chair

Press Release

Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Jennifer Bartlett's Sea Wall, 1985. This work, reinstalled at the gallery for the first time in fifteen years, encompasses three canvases and various sculptural elements from houses to boats to stepping stones. Stretching over thirty-five feet in length, the piece includes three separate canvases and an installation of more than a dozen sculptural objects. Sea Wall remains an essential part of the New Image movement of the 1980s that heralded a return to subject and imagery in contemporary painting—a movement in which Jennifer Bartlett was a central figure. 

After the In The Garden series (1980-83), Bartlett began a commission for Volvo the following year in which she began to incorporate three-dimensional elements into her work while figuring out a new way to paint. This artistic exploration, which formed the basis of the New Image movement, continues until the 1990's. Bartlett explored this idea of three-dimensional elements (she vehemently disliked the term 'sculpture') in conjunction with the long-recurring subject of bodies of water as elements of the landscape, as well as houses, boats, and trees that were staples of her iconography.  

Find the installation online, or in Philadelphia by appointment only at Locks Gallery.

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. Her works are in over one hundred museum collections. In 1985, the Walker Art Center organized a major retrospective of Bartlett's work, which included Rhapsody, works from the In The Garden series, from The Creek series and Sea Wall. The retrospective also traveled to the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD) in La Jolla. In 2015, Bartlett was the focus of an exhibition and monograph entitled Epic Systems: Three Monumental Paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Hospital at the Drawing Center, NY in 2016. 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.

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