Jennifer Bartlett creates works that are geometric and uses materials such as enamel and steel. She often installs these pieces into a gallery space in a continuous narrative along the walls. Bartlett was born in 1941 in Long Beach, California, attended Mills College and Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture.
In New York, Bartlett began exhibiting at the Paula Cooper Gallery in 1974, where she has had thirteen solo exhibitions. Bartlett's first large-scale work, Rhapsody
(1976), was composed of 987 painted steel panels, each 12 x 12 inches. When displayed, Rhapsody
filled 153 running feet of wall space, and read like a piece of music or poem with a carefully planned rhythm and a continuous repetition of images. Her themes often incorporated information about specific places she has lived or experienced, and these images were translated into geometric urban landscapes. She was later included in the New Image Painting
show of 1978 at the Whitney Museum of American Art with Susan Rothenberg.
Bartlett spent the winter of 1979-1980 in Nice, living in a dilapidated villa where she began her series In the Garden
. This work showed the varying seasons of the space surrounding her villa in large grid-shaped wall installations. Her 1985 work Yellow and Black Boats
used the wall of the gallery space and also included three-dimensional wooden boats on the floor in front of the paintings. Bartlett was commissioned to create a monumental permanent artwork for Washington DC's Reagan National Airport, which was installed in Terminal B in 1997. This glass frieze entitled Homan-ji III
is made of painted rice paper fused with glass.
She has exhibited her work in the Venice and Paris Biennials, and the Whitney and Corcoran Biennial Exhibitions. Her works are housed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Albright Knox Gallery, Walker Art Center, the Carnegie Institute, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
School of Art and Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA (1964-1965)
Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA (1960-1963)
friend of Elizabeth Murray
colleague of Lynda Benglis
influenced by Jack Tworkov
Award, American Institute of Architects, New York, NY, USA (1987)
Harris Prize and M.V. Kohnstamm Award, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA (1986)
Award, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, USA (1983)