Jennifer BARTLETT, Untitled II Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America born 1941

Untitled II (1979)
Collection Title: from the series Untitled (Graceland woodcut) state II
Title Notes: A series of three prints
Materials & Technique: prints, Relief Colour woodcut Support: Oriental paper
Impression: 7/20

Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Dimensions: comp 60.4 h x 66.6 w cm sheet 84.0 h x 83.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1981
Accession No: NGA 81.2209.2

The grid like structures, as seen in Untitled I, II, III [Graceland] 1979, dominates most of Jennifer Bartlett’s early work This work has strong affinities with Sol Lewitt’s systems-orientated art.  But, Bartlett would also violate the systems when it suited her.  Here, Bartlett uses the grid to echo Monet’s Haystacks, while also making reference to Elvis Presley’s ‘Graceland’, to whom she was paying homage.  While the formal mechanisms of Graceland are significantly different those of Monet, the underlying structures appear similar, as if Bartlett is referring to an x-ray that exposes the skeleton of Monet’s Haystacks.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra