Morton Bartlett


Born in Chicago, Illinois, 1909
Passed away in 1992


Attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University for two years

Solo Exhibitions

Family Planning: early photographs and archival materials, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

Playthings: The Uncanny Art of Morton Bartlett, LACMA, Los Angeles, California

Morton Bartlett, The Horse Hospital, London, U.K.

Secret Universe III, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany

Without Borders, Melbourne, Australia

Morton Bartlett, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Morton Bartlett - The Sweethearts of Mr. Bartlett, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, New York
Family Considered, Framingham, Massachusetts

Morton Bartlett, Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne

Group Exhibitions

The Museum of Everything, The Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands

Grand Illusions: Staged Photography from the MET Collection, The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York, NY
System and Vision, David Zwirner, New York, NY

Alternative Guide to The Universe, Hayward Gallery, London
Venice Biennale, Italian Pavilion curated by Massimiliano Gioni

Read Into My Black Holes, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos, Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Secret Universe III, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
8th International Biennal of Photography and Visual Arts, Liège, Belgium
Toy Stories, Westport Arts Center, Westport, Connecticut

25 Years/25 Artists, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY
Beautiful Vagabonds: Birds in Contemporary Photography, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, U.S.
Naked, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, U.S.
The Birds and the Bees, Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, Oakville, ON, Canada

8th Gwangju Biennale - 10,000 Lives, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
The Museum of Everything, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin

Heads, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, New York
Outsider, Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart, Germany
Künstler der Gallerie, Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne, Germany

Without Borders: Outsider Art in an Antipodean Context, Monash University Museum of Art, Clayton, Australia
Good Doll, Bad Doll, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California

Empty Nest: The Changing Face of Childhood in Art, 1880 to the Present, Nathan A. Bernstein Co. Ltd., New York, NY

Accrochage, Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne, Germany
Create and Be Recognized: Photography on the Edge, UCR / California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California

Mixed-up Childhood, Auckland, Australia
Create and Be Recognized: Photography on the Edge, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, New York

Create and Be Recognized: Photography on the Edge, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California

Innocence & Transgression, The Proposition, New York, NY

Double Take, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY

Obsession, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany

Maux Faux, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc, New York, New York

Selected Collections

Collection de l'Art Brut Musée, Lausanne, Switzerland
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA
The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA

Publications and Reviews

Goings on About Town, "Morton Bartlett", The New Yorker, December, 2015
Halle, Howard, "Photo Finish", Time Out New York, November 18-24, 2015
Kail, Ellyn, "The Mysterious Life and Work of Morton Bartlett and his 'Family' of Dolls", October 26, 2015
Frank, Priscilla, "Meet Morton Bartlett, The Harvard Man Who Secretly Made Life-Size Dolls Very, very accurate dolls", November 4, 2015
2012 Kittlemann, Udo and Claudia Dichter, "Secret Universe 3 Morton Bartlett", January 6, 2012

Leffingwell, Edward, "Morton Bartlett at Julie Saul", Art in America, February 2008
Halle, Howard, "The Best (and Worst) of 2007", Time Out New York, December 27, 2007-January 2, 2008

Saltz, Jerry, "Best Gallery Show (Mad Genius Division) Morton Bartlett at the Julie Saul Gallery", New York Magazine, December 17, 2007
Smith, Roberta, "Doll, You Oughta Be in Pictures", The New York Times, August 8, 2007
Hello Dolly, "Morton Bartlett's Outsider Visions Get Exposed", Time Out New York, July 26-August 1, 2007
Ruas, Charles, "Morton Bartlett - Julie Saul", ARTnews, September 2007
Harris, Jane, "Morton Bartlett", Time Out New York, July 26-August 1, 2007
Camhi, Leslie, "All Dolled Up", The Village Voice, July 10, 2007
2007 Galleries - "Chelsea: Morton Bartlett", The New Yorker, August 8, 2007
Johnson, Ken, "The Man Who Played With Dolls", The Boston Globe, July 29, 2007

Rexer, Lyle, "The Question of Outsider Photography", Art on Paper, January/February 2005
Kogan, Lee, "Self & Subject", Folk Art, Summer 2005
Cerio, Gregory, "INNER VISIONS", House and Garden, April 2005
Raynor, Vivien, "An Artist's Way With Obsession That Leaves No Scandal", The New York Times, April 2005

Simmons, Laurie, "Guys and Dolls", Artforum, September 2003

Smith, Roberta, "Museum Gets Works of a Self-Taught Artist", The New York Times, October 2000
Saltz, Jerry, "Substitute for Love", The Village Voice, July 2000
Sims, Carol, "Metropolitan Museum Buys Five Morton Bartlett Photographs", Antiques And The Arts Weekly, June 30, 2000
Halle, Howard, "America Undercover", Time Out New York, June 2000
Albers, Anni, "Photography Guys and Dolls", The New York Times, May 2000

Pederson, Victoria, "Outsider Art Raw Power", Art & Auction, October 1997

Kogan, Lee, "The Secret Children of Morton Bartlett", Raw Vision, Fall 1996

Folk Art Finder, January-March 1995

Harris, Marion, "Family Found: The Lifetime Obsession of Self-Taught Artist, Morton Bartlett, The Outsider," December 1994
"A Forlorn Little Family That Was Seen But Not Heard", Antiques And The Arts Weekly, October 7, 1994

"Triple Pier Expo Provided a Variety for Different Tastes", Antiques And The Arts Weekly, December 17, 1993
Van Norman Turano, Jane, Expect the Unexpected at Triple Pier, 1993

Tatistcheff, Michael A., "The Sweethearts of Mr. Bartlett", Yankee Magazine, April 1962

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