Working in New York City in the late 1960s, Jennifer Bartlett was part of a generation of artists who were influenced by minimalists such as Donald Judd and conceptualists such as Sol Lewitt. As Bartlett’s mentor, LeWitt (whose Composite Series is included in this exhibition) and his systematic approach to art-making directly influenced her early paintings of dots on gridded enamel plates. Series XIX was conceived as a series of ten smaller series or “sets,” of which one is on view here. Bartlett approached each series with predetermined rules for where to place her hand-painted dots. For Series XIX, Set 8, it appears that a constant number of dots were intended to be painted onto each plate, with various sections breaking away from a central square shape.ion.
Verso: "SERIES XIX Set 8 (5) C N 2103"