New York

Jennifer Bartlett

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

No painter more warrants the post-minimalist accolade “eclectic” than Jennifer Bartlett. Her matter-of-fact grids (1-foot-square steel plates arranged mosaically, with silkscreened grids over each plate) were dolled up with enamel color, and reached everybody’s threshold level with Rhapsody, almost 1,000 square feet of these enameled plates upon which were painted a glossary of 20th-century styles. In Rhapsody, it seemed that Bartlett kept starting from square one. In her new “Swimmers” series, however, she proves that she’s on the square—committed to working out the problems of a post-Impressionist type of representation. And she juxtaposes her painted steel squares with canvases to get the contrast of fragmented with continuous image.

“Watering Spots” could be the subtitle of her latest show, all the paintings having intimations of the littoral or the lake. The painting style itself is

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