Air, 24 Hours: Jennifer Bartlett

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Abrams, 1994 - Art - 167 pages
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In Air: 24 Hours, Jennifer Bartlett creates her most personal paintings, all made between 1991 and 1992. Here, in each work, the unflinching presence of time is carefully, conspicuously monitored by a clock - light gray for day, dark gray for night. But motifs, color combinations, even certain images variously recur throughout the 24 paintings, shaking us up, causing us to realize that even the most seemingly casual, intimate scenes (a child's bedroom, a bathroom, the garden fish pond) are the trappings of much larger concerns. Familiar hallmarks of Jennifer Bartlett's earlier work - the relationship between parts and the whole, geometric structures and mathematically precise grids, a painterly sensuality and an almost obsessive fascination with repetition - take on new meaning in the 24 Hour series. Now they are employed to tell a story, to drive the narrative on, to take us deeper and deeper into some dark place.

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AIR: 24 HOURS: Jennifer Bartlett

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Artist Jennifer Bartlett's series of 24 paintings, each corresponding to an hour of the day, are shown here in glorious reproductions with commentary by short-story writer Eisenberg (Under the 82nd ... Read full review

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Eisenberg has published three short story collections and has written for The New Yorker, Bomb, Tin House, and The Yale Review. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and three O. Henry Awards. She is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

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