Ree Morton (MFA '70)

Ree Morton (MFA '70) exhibited during her lifetime at Artists Space, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; as well as Bykert and Droll/Kolbert Galleries. Morton died in a car accident in Chicago in 1977.

"Like the papier-mâché school projects of children—toiled on for weeks, forgotten and then rediscovered in the family attic 30 years later—Morton’s works are ritualistic, delightful and literal in their influences."
The New York Times

Her works are included in numerous museum collections in the United States and Europe. A posthumous retrospective of her work was organized by the New Museum, New York in 1980 and traveled to several U.S. museums. In 1999, the University of Vermont, Burlington organized an exhibition of her sketchbooks and published a facsimile of selected pages. A survey exhibition and an extensive monograph of Morton’s work was organized by the Generali Foundation, Vienna in 2008 and an exhibition of her drawings and related paintings and sculpture was presented at the Drawing Center, New York in 2009. In 2015, her work was the subject of a survey at the The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

In September 2018, the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, held the first major solo museum exhibition of Ree Morton’s work in the United States in over 35 years.


Ree Morton
Don't worry, I'll only read you the good parts, detail (1975)
Oil on celastic 54 by 26 inches/137 by 66 centimeters
Photo: Joerg Lohse
© Estate of Ree Morton, courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York

Biographical text courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York