Jennifer Bartlett, American (1941 - )

Jennifer Bartlett

Bartlett grew up in the suburbs of Long Beach before she attended Mills College in Oakland, California.[1] While a student, she formed a friendship with the future mixed-media sculptor Elizabeth Murray. Bartlett received her BFA in 1963; she then traveled to New Haven to study at Yale School of Art and Architecture[1] and received her MFA in 1965, at a time when minimalism was the dominant style. Bartlett's instructors included the artists James Rosenquist, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Alex Katz, and Al Held. Bartlett has described the experience of study there as her broadest influence: "I'd walked into my life." [2] Fellow Yale Art and Architecture alumni of the 1960s include the painters, photographers, and sculptors Brice Marden, Richard Serra, Chuck Close, Nancy Graves, and Robert Mangold.
When asked by Murray in a 2005 interview about what she was thinking as a first-year art student, Bartlett replied:[3]
Being an artist, Ed Bartlett, Bach cello suites, Cézanne, getting into graduate school, getting to New York, Albert Camus, James Joyce. I’d drawn constantly since childhood: large drawings of every creature alive in the ocean; Spanish missions with Indians camping in the foreground, in the background Spanish men throwing cowhides over a cliff to a waiting ship; hundreds of Cinderellas on five-by-eight pads, all alike but with varying hair color and dresses.

Bartlett is best known for her paintings and prints of mundane objects—especially houses—executing in a style that combines elements of both representational and abstract art. In 1981, she created a two-hundred foot mural for the Federal Building in Atlanta, Georgia. Bartlett has completed commissions for Volvo, Saatchi, Information Sciences Institute, and Battery Park.

Bartlett's work is represented in a number of public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the Tate Gallery in London, the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College in Virginia, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas, the Wake Forest University Fine Arts Gallery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

1941 - Born: Long Beach, California
1963 - BA, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1964 - BFA, Yale School of Art & Architecture, New Haven, CT
1965 - MFA, Yale School of Art & Architecture, New Haven, CT
1976 - Art Institute of Chicago-Harris Prize, Chicago, IL
1972 – 1977 - Instructor: School of Visual Arts, New York
1987 - American Institute of Architects Award, New York

Lives and works in New York City.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

The Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (also 2005, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994)

Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL (also 2001, 1999, 1996, 1993, 1991)

Neptune Fine Art, New York
Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York

Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO (also 2000, 1999, 1996, 1994)
Artemis Greenberg VanDoren Gallery, New York

Galerie Lutz & Thalman, Zurich

Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA (also 1996, 1992, 1986)
Galleria Lawrence Rubin, Milan
Jennifer Bartlett: Rhapsody, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Hiram Butler Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX (also 1999, 1995)
Julie Sylvester Fine Art, Bermuda
Lawrence Rubin, Greenberg-Van Doren Gallery, New York

Richard Gray Gallery, New York
Robert Miller Gallery, New York

Numark Gallery, Washington, DC (also 1996)
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco (also 1997, 1993, 1990, 1989)

Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York

Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL (also 1994)
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA

Paula Cooper, New York (also 1994, 1992, 1991, 1990,1988, 1987, 1985, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1979, 1977, 1976, 1974)

Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton A/D, New York

Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, NM
Jennifer Bartlett: A Print Retrospective, Orlando Museum of Art, FL, traveled to: Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO; Olin Art Gallery, Kenyon College, OH; Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence; Joslyn Art Center, Omaha, NE
Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GA (also 1983, 1979)

Maier Museum, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, VA
Gallery Mukai, Tokyo (also 1989, 1980)
Nancy Drysdale Gallery, Washington, DC

Knoedler Gallery, London (also 1989)

The Contemporary Art Gallery, Seibu, Tokyo
Frauen Vor Flusslandschaft, by Heinrich Boll, directed by Volker Schlondorff, Munchner Kammerspeile (sets and costumes by Jennifer Bartlett)
The House of the Dead, by Leos Janacek, directed by Volker Schlondorff, Opera Comique, Paris
(sets and costumes by Bartlett)
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA
Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, England

The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
Knight Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Carpenter + Hochman Gallery, Dallas, TX
Jennifer Bartlett, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, traveled to: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; The Brooklyn Museum, NY; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley

Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (also 1981, 1979)
Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, FL

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
The Tate Gallery, London
McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Houston, TX

Akron Art Institute, OH
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

The Clocktower, New York
University of Akron, OH
Carlton College, Northfield, MN

Saman Gallery, Genoa, Italy (also 1974)
University of California, Irvine, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Hansen-Fuller Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
Baltimore Art Museum, MD

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

The Garage, London (with Joel Shapiro)
John Doyle Gallery, New York
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH

Reese Paley Gallery, New York

Jacob’s Ladder, Washington, DC (with Jack Tworkov)

119 Spring Street, New York

Mills College, Oakland, CASelected Group Exhibitions2004 Watercolor Worlds, Dorsky Gallery, New York
Uncharted Territory: Subjective Mapping by Artists and Cartographers, Julie Saul Gallery, New York

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