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Jennifer Bartlett

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

Jennifer Bartlett is a writer as well as a painter and the interrelations are worth mentioning. In Cleopatra I–IV, 1971 (Adventures In Poetry, 437 East 12 Street, New York City, 10009) she combines chronology, historical genre, sexual metaphors, aphoristic sentences, and, in section II, an array of diagrammatic signs in systematic rows. It is this area of course that is amplified in her paintings, which are based on square enameled metal plates on which a grid has been printed. In the grid she puts blob-like dots, hand-done in their irregularity, which make sequential runs, repeating patterns, figure-field images. These are seen in various combinations as the plates themselves are assembled in extensive grid patterns. There is a “list of works” that accompanies the show and it is of some significance as a key, giving titles and descriptions. “Nine Points. Establishing nine points through

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