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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist and Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

  • Exhibited

    Philadelphia, Locks Gallery, Painting the Language of Nature and Paintings, October 6 – November 11, 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jennifer Bartlett

    Born 1941, Long Beach, California

    1963 BA Mills College, Oakland, California
    1965 MFA Yale School of Art

    Selected museum exhibitions:
    The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (2020); The Drawing Center, New York (2016); Cleveland Museum of Art (2014); Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts (2006); Orlando Museum of Art (1993); Brooklyn Museum (1985); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1984); Whitney Biennial (1981); Dartmouth College (1975); Mills College (1963)
    Selected honors: Francis J. Greenburgher Award, Art Omi, New York (2019); Cultural Laureate, Historic Landmarks Preservation Center (1999); American Institute of Architects Award (1987); Harris Prize, Art Institute of Chicago (1976)
    Selected public collections: Brooklyn Museum; Cleveland Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art

    From a series of paintings featuring boats and water, Knots, 2006, showcases Jennifer Bartlett’s unique approach to painting, which balances representation with abstraction, and painterly mark-making with a conceptual sophistication. Here, a field of hatched marks represent waves, while a boat makes its way across the picture plane, its acceleration noted in the painted sequence of knots in the painting’s upper register. According to Donald Kuspit, Bartlett’s use of language “draws you further – ‘conceptually further,’ as it were – into the picture, making it more mysterious – and subtly incomprehensible – than it might otherwise seem.”



signed and dated "J. Bartlett 2005 - 2006" on the reverse
oil on canvas
108 x 108 in. (274.3 x 274.3 cm.)
Executed in 2005 - 2006.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019