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Jennifer Bartlett
Air: 24 Hours, Eleven A.M.
about 1991–92
oil
84 x 84 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Barney A. Ebsworth



This scene in the artist's studio is from a series of paintings representing hours of the day. Clocks and grids mark the passage of time, while boxes are wittily configured to resemble a house, a frequent motif in Bartlett's work. Although traditionally the artist's studio seems a safe inner world, the newspapers represent a disturbing intrusion from the outside.