etching, sugarlift aquatint, drypoint and scraping in colors on Twinrocker handmade paper, ed. 16/65
22 x 22 inches (framed)
Jennifer Bartlett (1941 – 2022) was known for her room-sized installations ranging in medium, that explored her immediate environments including houses, mountains, trees, gardens, and the ocean. Inspired by Minimalism, she started working on square steel enameled plates in 1968 on which she went on to create her most notable works. Rhapsody (1975–1976), a polyptych first installed at Paula Cooper Gallery filling the entirety of the gallery, included hundreds of these painted steel plates. That work is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her work moved from Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism to Conceptualism with some works touching on all at once. Working in two dimensions and occasionally moving to three, her works often started in a controlled, mathematical abstraction and moved to more painterly realism. 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.