In 1968 artist Jennifer Bartlett (b. 1941) began painting in what would become her celebrated and trademark styleaacolored dots on gridded steel plates and canvas. Focusing on the single and multi-plate pieces that began in 1968 and culminated in 1976 when Bartlett sprang onto the art scene with her pivotal Rhapsody painting (The Museum of Modern Art, New York), this important book analyzes for the first time the significant role these formative and long-overlooked works played in her artistic development. Analytical and lyrical, Bartlettas early plate work reflects her transformation of the prevailing Minimalist aesthetic into something distinctly her own. With beautiful color illustrations of this body of workaamany of which have never before been published or exhibitedaathe book charts Bartlettas fascinating progression from mathematically precise dot paintings to rigorously structured patterned pieces to more freehand and expressive painterly pieces. In the process, the importance of these works to the artist's career and to the history of contemporary art is discovered.... a few of the new white plates, working freehand, but she fairly quickly decided that she needed a more defined template. ... Each twelve-inch-square plate is rule-divided into one-inch segments (twelve across and twelve down, for a total of one ... It is rare to find Bartlett not working: she is always writing, drawing, painting , constructing, talking, thinking, or planning. ... version of Rhapsody a not surprising since Bartlett was working on both immense narrative works at the same time.
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