In 1996, the New York gallery owner Marion Harris donated forty-two Morton Bartlett works to the Collection de l’Art Brut. This significant body of lead pencil drawings also includes various plaster sculptures depicting children–such as two little girls—as well as studies of ears and feet, a dental mold, faces bearing a variety of expressions, painstakingly detailed sets of clothing and black-and-white photographs printed from the original negatives. Morton Bartlett produced all of these pieces over a period of twenty-seven years, from 1936 to 1963. In fact, Bartlett lent substance to a reconstituted family rooted in childhood. His entire oeuvre, which was discovered in his home after his death at eighty-three, was conceived for personal ends, so that none of it ever went on public display during his lifetime. The Collection de l'Art Brut holds the major share of his production, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco both possess a number of his photographs.
From November 23, 2012 to April 14, 2013