Morton Bartlett

Morton Bartlett

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When the freelance photographer and graphic designer Morton Bartlett (1909-1992) died at the age of 83, his relatives found 15 chests among his possessions. Each chest contained a half-life-size doll and its accessories: 12 girls and three boys, a wardrobe of hand-sewn clothes, black-and-white photographs of each doll as well as countless studies and archival materials. Bartlett began designing these dolls in the mid-1930s, studying anatomy books and histories of costume, and learning to sew and mold with clay to make them as true to life as possible. Each doll entailed a huge amount of labor, taking up to a year to complete; Bartlett created costumes and wigs for each one and then staged them in lifelike scenarios and photographed them, documenting a family he had never had and creating a body of work that would remain unexhibited during his lifetime. The third installment in the Bahnhof Museum's series on outsider artists, this volume examines Bartlett's extraordinary lifelong obsession.
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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 204 x 248 x 10mm | 399.16g
  • Cologne, Germany
  • English, French, German
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 39 colour, 44 b&w illustrations
  • 3863351622
  • 9783863351625
  • 842,625

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