Artist Jennifer Bartlett, known for her intense exploration of the possibilities of painting, has died at the age of 81 – artnet News | Candle Made Easy

New York painter Jennifer Bartlett, known for seamlessly fusing aspects of Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism and Conceptualism into a single work, died July 25 in Amagansett, Long Island, at the age of 81. Her death was confirmed by Marianne Boesky and Paula Cooper, the gallerists who have jointly represented the artist since 2018.

Cooper called her “one of the best-known painters of her generation” in a statement, adding that Bartlett “leaves behind a vast and varied body of work.”

In 1968 the artist began work on the square steel plates, which would become a characteristic element of her work. For example, rhapsody (1975-76), first installed at Paula Cooper, filled the entire gallery and is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Jennifer Bartlett, rhapsody (1976). Installation view: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2019. Photo by John Wronn.

Throughout her career, Bartlett “stayed true to the investigation and investigation serial approach that was inherent rhapsody. Presentation of everyday topics such as Homes, shorelines, and domestic interiors, her work led to a comprehensive Investigations of a single motif, both figurative and abstract, often combined a Variety of media in a single work,” says Cooper.

“Jennifer presents an odd combination of super-rational and non-rational content straight from the unconscious,” said actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, a longtime friend of the artist, of the New York Times in 2013. “She can paint an empty room or house at night from the outside in such a way that the human soul or the strange irrational worms crawling beneath the surface seem to be exposed. At other times her work can have an explosive, upbeat quality, with only her more obsessive mathematical side or incredible sense of humor in her word paintings.”

For her series In the Garden (1980), the artist drew a single domesticated lot Southern France from almost 200 different perspectives – and later back again on the subject in a series of paintings. Other big series are Swimmers and Rafts (1979), who mixed steel plates and formed canvases multimedia studies and “Sea Wall” (1985), a group of paintings of boats on the shore with accompanying sailboat sculptures.

Jennifer Bartlett.  Ceiling installation, Homan-ji Temple, Choshi-shi, Japan (1991-1992) commissioned by Homan-ji Temple.  Collection of Homan-ji Temple.

Jennifer Bartlett. Ceiling installation, Homan-ji Temple, Choshi-shi, Japan (1991-92) commissioned by Homan-ji Temple. Collection of Homan-ji Temple.

Bartlett was born in Long Beach, California in 1941. She attended Mills College, where she earned a BA and later earned a BFA and an MFA from Yale in 1964 and 1965.

From around the 1980s through the early 2000s, Bartlett replaced steel panels with large-scale figurative paintings, but eventually returned to minimal, gridded arrangements of abstract panel work in the 2010s with larger panels and denser painting.

In addition to the various artworks featured in galleries and museums, Bartlett has also completed high-profile commissions that have resulted in more immersive environments. For example a 1980 Commission for the Lobby and Offices of the Institute for Scientific Information in Philadelphia remains on view at Drexel University, and a ceiling installation for Homan-ji Buddhist Temple in Choshi-shi, Japan, also on view, inspired a subsequent series of prints on the same subject.

Jennifer Bartlett, Air: 24 Hours, Five PM (1991) Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Jennifer Bartlett, Air: 24 hours, 5:00 p.m (1991) Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Bartlett was also a writer. she Cleopatra I-IVa conceptual study of the Egyptian queen in prose, poetry and diagrams, was published in 1971 and history of the universea free autobiographyappeared in 1987.

“I’m honored to represent Jennifer and grateful for the opportunity to further advance her work alongside the incredible team that has long surrounded her,” said Marianne Boesky.

The artist’s first survey exhibition was in 1985 and traveled to the Walker Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum and the Carnegie Institute Art Museum. Klaus Ottman curated her second itinerant survey in 2013-14, which appeared at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Parrish Art Museum. In 2014, the Cleveland Museum of Art exhibited all three of Bartlett’s monumental plates, rhapsody, songand Recitative, in the exhibition “Epic Systems”.

Bartlett’s work is in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Tate Modern, and the Whitney Museum of American Art , among many others.

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