Harriet Bart is a renowned conceptual artist whose large-scale installations, sculptures, objects, and artist books convey a sense of solidity, timelessness, and permanency within the fleeting present. Bart explores the alchemy of the word, the iconography of text, and the archeology of reminiscence by transforming texts and materials to reflect her enduring engagement with the expression of memory, time, and loss. In Bart’s work, polished vessels, broken words, pendulums, paper scrolls, candle smoke, bronze and concrete, books, and found objects are molded and manipulated, becoming elegiac homages to the forgotten and forsaken. Bart’s poetic and evocative works serve as symbolic and physical signifiers of historic places, events, and moments imprinted in our cultural and personal consciousness.
Harriet Bart has been exclusively represented by Driscoll Babcock Galleries since 2011. That year the gallery presented a solo exhibition of her work, Harriet Bart: Drawn in Smoke. She has had solo museum exhibitions at several prominent museums, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Indianapolis Art Center, IN; Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum, St. Louis, MO; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; Brunnier Museum, Ames, IA; and the Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN. Additionally, her work has been shown in group exhibitions worldwide including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; The Jewish Museum, New York; Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM; CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China; King Saint Stephen Museum, Szekesfehervar, Hungary; and Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany.
Bart’s work is represented in major public and private collections in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN.
Bart has completed more than a dozen public art commissions internationally, and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Minnesota State Arts Board, NEA Arts Midwest, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She has published seven fine-press books and has been the recipient of two Minnesota Book Awards. Bart is a guest lecturer, curator, and founding member of the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Arts in Minneapolis, MN.
Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Bart lives and works in Minneapolis, MN.