Jennifer Bartlett (American)
Born 1941, Long Beach, CA
Lives and works in New York, NY
Jennifer Bartlett is a painter whose process-oriented works have defined her distinct and shifting style. After earning an MFA at Yale University in the 1960s, Bartlett moved to New York. There she soon became part of the artistic conversation of the late 60s and 70s. Influenced by artist Sol Lewitt's 1967 Artforum magazine treatise Paragraphs on Conceptual Art, Bartlett's early work was fastidious and geometric, with abstract subject matter and unpredictable color palettes. Over her 50-year career, Bartlett's work has continually transformed in size, technique, and subject matter.
Bartlett's systematic process is the foundation of her practice. The mystery of her non-romanticized subject matter, such as houses, statues, and strangely familiar landscapes, invite the viewer into an elusive narrative. Her artworks are at times busy and hectic and at others calm and meditative. Bartlett consistently refers to the grid.
Jennifer Bartlett’s work resides within public collections throughout the world, such as the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art; Seibu Corporation, Tokyo; The Tate Gallery, London; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.