A 1987 portfolio of prints titled From Rhapsody (A Suite of Three Prints) by contemporary American artist Jennifer Bartlett (California/New York; born 1941), printed by Patricia Branstead and Sally Mara Sturman with assistance by Susan Rees and published by Parasol Press, Ltd., New York (1987). The three loose prints consist of sugarlift, aquatint and spit-bite over a photo-etching of a grid and are printed on BFK paper. The collection includes images Row 21, Plate 42, Row 36, Plate 252, and Row 138, plate 955 after the original enamel paintings on steel plates in Bartlett’s seminal work Rhapsody exhibited at the Paula Cooper Gallery, New York in 1976. Each is numbered to the verso, and one is signed and dated to the verso. Presented in gray cloth-covered portfolio embossed with title and artist’s name.
Bartlett was born in California and began her art studies at Mills College in Oakland. She went on to earn both a BFA and an MFA from Yale University School of Art and Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut. She began her career working in the Geometric Minimalist style that was prevalent at the time, but soon developed her unique style of juxtaposing conceptual systems and abstraction with painterly representation. Bartlett’s work has been widely exhibited in major international museums, and is represented in the permanent collections of numerous prestigious institutions including The Tate, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.