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Bartlett, Jennifer, 1941-2022  Search this
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
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United States
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124 Pages, Transcript
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Originally recorded as 8 sound files. Duration is 4 hr., 55 min.
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This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
An interview of Jennifer Bartlett conducted 2011 June 3 and 4, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts project, at Bartlett's home and studio, in Brooklyn, New York.
Jennifer Bartlett speaks of her childhood in Long Beach, CA; her early interest in French New Wave films and Arshile Gorky; attending Mills College in Oakland, CA; her experience and training at Yale University's Art School; friendships, acquaintances, and professors in the Yale Art department; the art community in the neighborhood of SoHo in the late 60's; her techniques involving grid, scale, and repetition; the physical arrangement of her studios along with her working process; inspiration of classical Italian art as well as impressionists Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and Georges Seurat; the issue of gender discrimination both within and outside of the art world; her own landscaping and gardening project and the influence of the natural world on her work; insight into two of her large scale works, Rhapsody [1975-76] and Recitative [2009-10]. Bartlett also recalls Chuck Close, Richard Serra, Volker Schlöndorff, John Cage, Brice Marden, and Elizabeth Murray.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Jennifer Bartlett, 2011 June 3-4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
This interview is part of the Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project, funded by the A G Foundation.
Biography Note:
Jennifer Bartlett (1941- ) is a painter in Brooklyn, New York. James McElhinney (1952- ) is a visual artist and writer in New York, New York.
Language Note:
English .
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
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Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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