12/1/18 I'm starting to explore the book shelves at The Pollock Krasner House as a visiting artist this winter, and I'm excited to work with the collection of Pollock's damaged jazz records which have been housed in the attic since 1956.
11/9/17 To celebrate the centenary of Little Edie's birth I'm doing a special presentation about my series Reading Grey Gardens at Almond's Artist and Writers Series in Bridgehampton. Writer Adam Green will read his New Yorker Magazine piece "The Marble Faun" and there will be a surprise musical guest.
10/28/18 The inaugural exhibition, La Mère, La Mer, opens tonight at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco. Four photographs from my Sea Change series are included. La mère la mer (the mother the sea) highlights the breadth of the McEvoy Family Collection, from Nion McEvoy and his mother Nan Tucker McEvoy (1919-2015). It features a variety of artists including Richard Diebenkorn, Roe Ethridge, Carsten Höller, Ragnar Kjartansson, Ed Ruscha, and Wayne Thiebaud.
10/1/17 I'll be giving a gallery talk Sunday October 1, at 11:00 am at The Drawing Room in East Hampton, discussing my experience working on site with the Beale's books at Grey Gardens and where the series Reading Grey Gardens might go next.
9/14/17 Reanimation Library opens at it's new home at Pioneer Works in Red Hook Brooklyn. I will participate in a conversation with Andrew Beccone about my project Library Copies and the potential of working within the library
during the opening reception from 7-9pm.
9/9/17 Reading Grey Gardens opens at The Drawing Room Gallery. 43 prints will be on display from 9/8/17- 10/15/17
8/11/17 Erica-Lynn Huberty wrote a terrific piece "Books of Grey Gardens" in Huffington Post.
4/9/17 Library Copies, an installation of images generated from working with the books and photocopy machine in the Reanimation Library currently housed in the Queens Museum, NY, will be open as part of a huge Spring opening of exhibitions throughout the musem on April 9th from 3-6pm.
8/5/16 New York Foundation for the Arts, Private East End Studio Tour, Christina Mossiades Strassfield, Museum Director/ Chief Curator at Guild Hall leads the tour that visits artists: Mary Ellen Bartley, Mia Fonssagrives-Solow, Toni Ross and Claire Watson.
7/14/16 Lux: The Radiant Sea opens at Yancey Richardson Gallery. Olivo Barbieri, Mary Ellen Bartley, Christopher Bucklow, Linda Connor, Tim Davis, Mitch Epstein, Roe Ethridge, Lee Friedlander, Bryan Graf, Jitka Hanzlová, CJ Heyliger, Matthew Jensen, Kenneth Josephson, Laura Letinsky, Ray Metzker, Orit Raff, Rinko Kawauchi, Tokihiro Sato, Lynn Saville, Mark Steinmetz, Yosuke Takeda, Wolfgang Tillmans, James Welling
7/2/16 The opening reception for Water/ Bodies at the Southampton Arts Center. The exhibition curated by Eric Fischl and David Kratz includes work by several artists including: Ross Bleckner, Mary Ellen Bartley, April Gornik, Sally Gall, Enoc Perez, Ralph Gibson, Bryan Hunt and more.
6/9/16 Mary Ellen Bartley: Still Books opens at Anzenberger Gallery situated in Vienna in the Anker Brot Fabrik, (bread factory) complex where the Vienna Photo Book festival will also open on the weekend. The show will be up through August, 20, 2016
5/6/16 The Tactile Eye opens in the Project Space at the Visual Studies Workshop, a display of the "frottage" rubbings of books and photographs of the drawings made during my artist residency there.
4/8/16 I'm starting my month long Project Space residency at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. I'll be working in the research library exploring the collection of photography books with my camera. The project will culminate with an exhibition/open studio on May 6th.
3/12/16 DISCOVERIES of the Meeting Place opens at Houston's Winter Street Studios. Each of the ten exhibiting artists has been chosen as a significant "discovery" by one of ten international reviewers chosen by Fotofest from the 160 curators, publishers, gallery owners, and collectors who reviewed artist's work at the 2014 Biennial Meeting Place. David Drake from FFotogallery in Cardiff, Wales selected ten photographs from Bartley's Standing Open series for the exhibition as well as providing an essay for the catalog.
2/26/16 ORDINARY PICTURES opens at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis tonight. Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams.
1/22/16 View Find, opens at Page Bond Gallery in Richmond Virginia and includes photographs by Mary Ellen Bartley, Emmet Gowin, Elijah Gowin, Amanda Means,and others.
11/12/15 CIELO PERRO LOBO, opens at the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala.
The show explores ideas of a post-photography era. Work from my series Push 2 Stops is included in the exhibition.
10/28/15 BURNING WITH PLEASURE, an artists' books exhibition curated by Magali Avezou of Archipelago, opens at Curious Duke Gallery, London. Reading Robert Wilson is featured in the show.
5/27/15 The 7th Fotobook Festival Kassel announced the shortlisted books today, my book Reading Robert Wilson is among the finalists for the 2015 Book Dummy Award. The shortlisted books will be exhibited at international photo events in Kassel, Gotenburg, Dublin, Madrid, Oslo, Paris and Rome.
3/30/15 Launch of The Southampton Review, Volume IX, Still Books, features a selection from my Paperbacks series.
2/28/15 Open Studio, Mary Ellen Bartley 2015 Artist Residency at The Watermill Center, Watermill, NY. I will be giving a talk and tour of my installation Reading Robert Wilson followed by a reception. Saturday February 28, 3-5pm
1/16/15 WATERMILL CENTER 2015 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE ANNOUNCED. The Watermill Center Residency program gives artists the opportunity to utilize The Watermill Center as a home and a workshop to create and develop their own work. I'll be working with the Watermill Study Library to create a set of photographs and a book of books during the month of February.
11/13/14 Well Read: Visual Explorations of the Book opening reception, includes photographs by Thomas Allen, Cara Barer, Mary Ellen Bartley, Terri Garland, Kerri Mansfield, Doug Keyes, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Abe Morell,Kent Rogowski, Mickey Smith, Victor Schrager & Paul Sundberg, remains on view through December 20th, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA
10/25/14 Mary Ellen Bartley: Leaning Above the Page opens at Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton. The exhibition will be on view through January 4, 2015.
A gallery talk with the artist is scheduled for November 1st, at 2pm.
10/18/14 A group show, John Alexander, Antonio Asis, Jennifer Bartlett, Mary Ellen Bartley, Chuck Holtzman, Mel Kendrick, Dan Rizzie, Alan Shields, opens at The Drawing Room in East Hampton with a reception from 5-7. The show will remain on view through December 7, 2014.
10/2/14 Jennifer Landes reviews Paperbacks in The East Hampton Star, " Bartley's Books in NYC"
9/4/14 Mary Ellen Bartley: Paperbacks opens at Yancey Richardson, 525 West 22nd Street, with a reception from 6-8pm. The exhibition runs through October 18, 2014.
7/10/14 The Thing Itself a summer group show examining the use of the medium of photography as subject matter in the photo-based practice of a number of contemporary artists opens at Yancey Richardson Gallery and runs through 8/22/14.Work by: Mary Ellen Bartley, Anne Collier, Sara Cwynar, Roe Ethridge, Bryan Graf, Bill Jacobson, Kenneth Josephson, Laura Letinsky, Matt Lipps, Vik Muniz, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Alyson Shotz, Laurie Simmons, Wolfgang Tillmans, Bertien van Manen and Christopher Williams.
6/28/14 BOOK ENDS opens at Center for Photographic Art, Carmel CA. I will be presenting a lecture at 3pm, the opening reception will follow from 4:00-6:00
5/3/14 White Columns Benefit Exhibition + Auction 2014 , Untitled 3 from my Paperbacks series is in this exhibition curated by Matthew Higgs with work by contemporary artists including, Wade Guyton, Anne Collier and Ricky Swallow. The exhibition concludes with a live auction on May 17th.
4/10/14 The AIPAD Photography Show, Yancey Richardson Gallery will include my work in their exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.
3/6/14 The Armory Show 2014, Yancey Richardson Gallery is exhibiting my work at Pier 94 - Contemporary, Booth 621.
11/14/13 Yancey Richardson Gallery is exhibiting my work at Paris Photo 2013
10/31/13 Sea Change series chosen in Photolucida's Critical Mass 2013 Top 50
7/3/13 The Optical opens at Blue Sky gallery in Portland, OR. A piece from my Standing Open series was chosen by Allan Chasanoff for this exhibit that explores optical confusion in photographs.
5/29/13 Geografica opens in Gautemala City at Fototeca Gallery a cool group show of international artists.
3/15/13 A group show, New Work opens at The Drawing Room Gallery in East Hampton featuring work by Jennifer Bartlett, Mary Ellen Bartley, Carol Gove, Robert Harms, Sharon Horvath, Laurie Lambrecht, Mel Kendrick, Donald Sultan, Timothy Woodman and Jack Yongerman. The exhibit runs through April 28th.
2/21/13 Joyce Elaine Grant Exhibition 2013, jurored and curated by Sarah Kennel, Associate Curator of Photography at The National Gallery of Art in DC opens at Texas Womens University. I have work from the Artists and Models series in the show.
2/21/13 Canteen Magazine Naked Judging: The Canteen Awards in Photography, a live finale with Arnold Lehman, Director of the Brooklyn Museum, photographer Amy Stein and author and curator Susan Bright on the judging panel. Bartley's Sea Change series voted 2nd runner-up.
11/1/12 Mary Ellen Bartley chosen as one of Photolucida Critical Mass 2012 top 50 photographers
9/13/12 Out of Print/ Altered Books opens at The Bakersfield Museum of Art, six pieces from Blue Books series are in the show which runs through November 25th.
9/7/12 Artists and Models series wins a 1st place in the International Photo Awards, Fine Art Nudes category.
9/7/12 Mary Ellen Bartley Standing Open exhibit opens at Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY and runs through October 6th.
8/2/12 Mary Ellen Bartley photographs opens at The Drawing Room along with Conatantino Nivola/ sculpture.
7/26/12 The East Hampton Star published a feature article by Jennifer Landes about my work.
5/5/12 Curator, critic and Art in America contributing editor Lilly Wei chooses A Road Divided from the Standing Open series for Top Honors in the 74th Guild Hall Museum Members Exhibition, awarding Mary Ellen Bartley a solo exhibit at the museum.
4/16/12 Selections from Standing Open series chosen for Exposure 12 exhibit at The Photographic Resource Center in Boston. The juror was Alison Nordstrom, Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House.
4/21/12 Group Therapy opens at Harper's Books in East Hampton
3/23/12 Selections from Artists and Models included in LUST exhibit opening at Jennifer Schwartz Gallery in Atlanta
3/13/12 20 NOW, CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHERS, book released, Features the work of twenty photographers including: Adam Fuss, Philip Lorca diCorcia, Roger Ballen, and Mary Ellen Bartley.
3/1/12 Artists and Models series featured in Fraction Magazine issue 36
2/18/12 Contents: Love, Anxiety, Happiness and Everything Else, Critical Mass winners touring exhibition curated by Darius Himes opens in Seattle at PCNW
11/1/11 Chosen Photolucida's CRITICAL MASS TOP 50 PHOTOGRAPHERS 2011
10/3/11 BOOKS exhibit featured on La Lettre de la Photographie
9/8/11-10/29/11 BOOKS, solo show, Corden Potts Gallery, 49 Geary St. San Francisco
9/1/11 Ross Bleckner talks to The Huffington Post about Artists Choose Artists
8/26/11 THE FAITH MIDDLETON SHOW airs interview with Mary Ellen Bartley
8/20/11- 10/6/11 Artists Choose Artists, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, chosen by Ross Bleckner
8/19/11 PLUM TV interviews alice Aycock and Mary Ellen Bartley
8/8/11 UNLESS YOU WILL Magazine, issue 17, features Standing Open
7/21/11 Chosen for FRESH showcase, Klomp Ching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY jurors: W.M. Hunt and Darren Ching
7/11/11 Standing Open series featured on HEY, HOT SHOT! blog
7/8/11 Annual Juried Exhibit, HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY,
chosen for juror commendation by Ariel Shanberg