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Biography

By the mid-1970s, Jennifer Bartlett (b. 1941, Long Beach, California) had emerged as a leading American artist of her time—particularly following the landmark presentation at Paula Cooper Gallery of Rhapsody (1976), Bartlett’s magnum opus, now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Bartlett’s first survey exhibition was held in 1985 at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and traveled to the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 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, which visited the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Parrish Art Museum, New York. In 2014, the Cleveland Museum of Art united her three monumental plate pieces in the exhibition “Epic Systems.” Bartlett’s works can be found in numerous public collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Naoshima Museum, Japan; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Gallery, UK; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.

Selected Works

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Jennifer Bartlett One Line (Connecting any Two of Nine Points), 1972 Testors enamel, silkscreen, on 9 baked enamel steel plates each panel: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm) overall: 38 x 38 in. (96.5 x 96.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
One Line (Connecting any Two of Nine Points), 1972
Testors enamel, silkscreen, on 9 baked enamel steel plates
each panel: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
overall: 38 x 38 in. (96.5 x 96.5 cm) 

Jennifer Bartlett Beaver: Man Carrying Thing, 1989 painting: oil on canvas, steel grids and stacked steel ring: welded and rolled steel painting: 107 7/8 x 106 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (274 x 271.5 x 3.8 cm)  steel rings: 7 x 26 x 26 in. (17.8 x 66 x 66 cm) steel grid (1): 5/8 x 9 x 9 in. (1.6 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm)  steel grid (2): 5/8 x 14 x 14 in. (1.6 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm) steel grid (3): 5/8 x 9 x 17 in. (1.6 x 22.9 x 43.2 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Beaver: Man Carrying Thing, 1989
painting: oil on canvas, steel grids and stacked
steel ring: welded and rolled steel
painting: 107 7/8 x 106 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (274 x 271.5 x 3.8 cm) 
steel rings: 7 x 26 x 26 in. (17.8 x 66 x 66 cm)
steel grid (1): 5/8 x 9 x 9 in. (1.6 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm) 
steel grid (2): 5/8 x 14 x 14 in. (1.6 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm)
steel grid (3): 5/8 x 9 x 17 in. (1.6 x 22.9 x 43.2 cm)

 

Jennifer Bartlett Vertical Black and White Dots, 1973 enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel, 2 steel plates overall: 25 x 12 in. (63.5 x 30.5 cm) each: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Vertical Black and White Dots, 1973
enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel, 2 steel plates
overall: 25 x 12 in. (63.5 x 30.5 cm)
each: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Rose, 2010-2011 oil on canvas diptych, each panel: 72 x 72 in. (182.9 x 182.9 cm) overall: 72 x 144 in. (182.9 x 365.8 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Rose, 2010-2011
oil on canvas
diptych, each panel: 72 x 72 in. (182.9 x 182.9 cm)
overall: 72 x 144 in. (182.9 x 365.8 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Color Counting, 1970 enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel on steel plate 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Color Counting, 1970
enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel on steel plate
12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Hinoki Cypress, 2009-2010 oil on canvas overall: 36 x 72 in. (91.4 x 182.9 cm) each: 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Hinoki Cypress, 2009-2010
oil on canvas
overall: 36 x 72 in. (91.4 x 182.9 cm)
each: 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett 8 Plate, 9 Plate Piece, 1974 silkscreen and baked enamel on eight steel plates  each: 12 x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 cm) overall: 40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
8 Plate, 9 Plate Piece, 1974
silkscreen and baked enamel on eight steel plates 
each: 12 x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
overall: 40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Amagansett Diptych #3, 2007-2008 oil on canvas 2 panels each: 84 x 84 in. (213.4 x 213.4 cm) overall: 84 x 168 in. (213.4 x 426.7 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Amagansett Diptych #3, 2007-2008
oil on canvas
2 panels each: 84 x 84 in. (213.4 x 213.4 cm)
overall: 84 x 168 in. (213.4 x 426.7 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Untitled (diagonals), circa 1971-1973 enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel, 2 steel plates overall: 25 x 12 in. (63.5 x 30.5 cm) each: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Untitled (diagonals), circa 1971-1973
enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel, 2 steel plates
overall: 25 x 12 in. (63.5 x 30.5 cm)
each: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Path, 2011 oil on canvas overall: 60 x 120 in. (152.4 x 304.8 cm) each: 60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Path, 2011
oil on canvas
overall: 60 x 120 in. (152.4 x 304.8 cm)
each: 60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett 1" - 12" Dotted, Ruled, Freehand Lines, 1975 enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel on steel plates each: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm) overall: 25 x 12 in. (63.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
1" - 12" Dotted, Ruled, Freehand Lines, 1975
enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel on steel plates
each: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
overall: 25 x 12 in. (63.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Six A.M., 1991-92 oil on canvas 84 x 84 in. (213.4 x 213.4 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Six A.M., 1991-92
oil on canvas
84 x 84 in. (213.4 x 213.4 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett One Line (Connecting any Two of Nine Points), 1972 Testors enamel, silkscreen, on 9 baked enamel steel plates each panel: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm) overall: 38 x 38 in. (96.5 x 96.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
One Line (Connecting any Two of Nine Points), 1972
Testors enamel, silkscreen, on 9 baked enamel steel plates
each panel: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
overall: 38 x 38 in. (96.5 x 96.5 cm) 

Jennifer Bartlett Beaver: Man Carrying Thing, 1989 painting: oil on canvas, steel grids and stacked steel ring: welded and rolled steel painting: 107 7/8 x 106 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (274 x 271.5 x 3.8 cm)  steel rings: 7 x 26 x 26 in. (17.8 x 66 x 66 cm) steel grid (1): 5/8 x 9 x 9 in. (1.6 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm)  steel grid (2): 5/8 x 14 x 14 in. (1.6 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm) steel grid (3): 5/8 x 9 x 17 in. (1.6 x 22.9 x 43.2 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Beaver: Man Carrying Thing, 1989
painting: oil on canvas, steel grids and stacked
steel ring: welded and rolled steel
painting: 107 7/8 x 106 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (274 x 271.5 x 3.8 cm) 
steel rings: 7 x 26 x 26 in. (17.8 x 66 x 66 cm)
steel grid (1): 5/8 x 9 x 9 in. (1.6 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm) 
steel grid (2): 5/8 x 14 x 14 in. (1.6 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm)
steel grid (3): 5/8 x 9 x 17 in. (1.6 x 22.9 x 43.2 cm)

 

Jennifer Bartlett Vertical Black and White Dots, 1973 enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel, 2 steel plates overall: 25 x 12 in. (63.5 x 30.5 cm) each: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Vertical Black and White Dots, 1973
enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel, 2 steel plates
overall: 25 x 12 in. (63.5 x 30.5 cm)
each: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Rose, 2010-2011 oil on canvas diptych, each panel: 72 x 72 in. (182.9 x 182.9 cm) overall: 72 x 144 in. (182.9 x 365.8 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Rose, 2010-2011
oil on canvas
diptych, each panel: 72 x 72 in. (182.9 x 182.9 cm)
overall: 72 x 144 in. (182.9 x 365.8 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Color Counting, 1970 enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel on steel plate 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Color Counting, 1970
enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel on steel plate
12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Hinoki Cypress, 2009-2010 oil on canvas overall: 36 x 72 in. (91.4 x 182.9 cm) each: 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Hinoki Cypress, 2009-2010
oil on canvas
overall: 36 x 72 in. (91.4 x 182.9 cm)
each: 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett 8 Plate, 9 Plate Piece, 1974 silkscreen and baked enamel on eight steel plates  each: 12 x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 cm) overall: 40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
8 Plate, 9 Plate Piece, 1974
silkscreen and baked enamel on eight steel plates 
each: 12 x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
overall: 40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Amagansett Diptych #3, 2007-2008 oil on canvas 2 panels each: 84 x 84 in. (213.4 x 213.4 cm) overall: 84 x 168 in. (213.4 x 426.7 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Amagansett Diptych #3, 2007-2008
oil on canvas
2 panels each: 84 x 84 in. (213.4 x 213.4 cm)
overall: 84 x 168 in. (213.4 x 426.7 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Untitled (diagonals), circa 1971-1973 enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel, 2 steel plates overall: 25 x 12 in. (63.5 x 30.5 cm) each: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Untitled (diagonals), circa 1971-1973
enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel, 2 steel plates
overall: 25 x 12 in. (63.5 x 30.5 cm)
each: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Path, 2011 oil on canvas overall: 60 x 120 in. (152.4 x 304.8 cm) each: 60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Path, 2011
oil on canvas
overall: 60 x 120 in. (152.4 x 304.8 cm)
each: 60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett 1" - 12" Dotted, Ruled, Freehand Lines, 1975 enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel on steel plates each: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm) overall: 25 x 12 in. (63.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
1" - 12" Dotted, Ruled, Freehand Lines, 1975
enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel on steel plates
each: 12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
overall: 25 x 12 in. (63.5 x 30.5 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett Six A.M., 1991-92 oil on canvas 84 x 84 in. (213.4 x 213.4 cm)

Jennifer Bartlett
Six A.M., 1991-92
oil on canvas
84 x 84 in. (213.4 x 213.4 cm)

Video

Video walkthrough of Jennifer Bartlett, on view at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, May 5–June 25, 2021.