Jennifer Bartlett: Epic Systems

By Jennifer Bartlett

Text by Barry Schwabsky


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11.25 x 11.25 inches
88 pages
75 color illustrations
ISBN: 9788862084109
Co-published with Damiani

Over the course of her 40-year career, Jennifer Bartlett (born 1941) has tirelessly explored painting’s expressive possibilities through a series of rigorous conceptual systems. Jennifer Bartlett: Epic Systems presents her three most ambitious, large-scale works in one volume: Rhapsody, Song and Recitative. All three are composed of hundreds of individual paintings Bartlett made on square steel plates coated in baked enamel and overlaid with a grid pattern. Rhapsody, Bartlett’s career-defining work, was first shown in 1976; Bartlett’s most recent large-scale work, Recitative (2011), finds the artist still productively working through the possibilities offered by the grid, this time to create an epic exploration of color that references Minimalism and the rule-based systems of Conceptual art. Epic Systems is the first publication to bring together these three critical works from the career of one of the most significant painters of the last half-century.

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Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 11.25 × 11.25 × .5 in

About the Author

Jennifer Bartlett (born 1941) studied at Mills College in California and graduated from Yale University before moving to New York City in 1967. Within her systematic and expansive painting practice, she consistently explores the environments she inhabits and, through multiple iterations of the same image or theme, exhausts their possibilities for representation. She is best known for her room sized installations that explore landscaped such as houses, mountains, trees, gardens, and bodies of water.