Rhapsody, 1975-1976, installation view of Jennifer Bartlett: Early Plate Work, Addison Gallery of American Art, Fall 2006. Courtesy Locks Gallery, Philadelphia
I am delighted to introduce this issue, which focuses on three women artists at three very different stages of their respective careers. Angelica Maria Zorrilla is a young artist from Bogota, Colombia whose work was brought to my attention by another young artist from Bogota, who happens to be her brother, with whom I had the pleasure of working on my recent exhibition at m55 Art in New York City. Many young artists use coffee or tea in their work but few achieve the depth of meaning and the consciousness of words that Angelica Maria uses in articulation of her art. I hope you will find her Té/Tea book as enchanting as I do.
When I saw Sarah Sze’s new commission for the High Museum here in Atlanta, I reacted the way I always do to her work: I wanted to examine the “stuff” it is made from. I feel this work is quite different from her earlier work. Although the entire piece feels like it will fall forward on you it is actually quite static, with only one fan blowing a single piece of paper. We are presenting photos of this installation by Mike Jensen, who thought this artist was extremely easy to work with, as she was absolutely precise about what the photos must look like. I like the idea that the artist wishes to have as much control over the documentation of her work as over the work itself, since the documentation is what we will mostly see and refer to. I don't think the actual work in the museum is lit precisely the way it is in these spectacular photos, but maybe it should be…. An interesting thought: the documentary photographer as exhibition designer.
My visit to Jennifer Bartlett’s home and studio was special because the artist herself is indeed special. This article as written in May and I wonder how the works I saw have changed, or if they are finished yet. I see Bartlett as a mature artist who has kept thinking and working. She considers making art to be her job, and that is how she proceeds. She knows who she is to such a degree that all she needs to do is show up and the work will begin.
All my best,
The Art Section