Lee Bontecou, Sculptress

Here is most of the Wiki re this fantastic sculptor:

Lee Bontecou is an American artist who was born 15 January 1931 in Providence, Rhode Island. She attended the Art Students League of New York from 1952 to 1955 where she studied with the sculptor William Zorach. She received a Fulbright scholarship to study in Rome in 1957-1958 and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 1959. From the 1970s until 1991 she taught at Brooklyn College.

She challenged artistic conventions of both materials and presentation by creating sculpture that hung on the wall like a painting. She used industrial and found materials including screen, pipe, burlap, canvas and wire. Her best constructions are at once mechanistic and organic, abstract but evocative of the brutality of war.

She is best known for the constructions she created in the 1960s, which art critic Arthur Danto describes as “fierce”, reminiscent of 17th-century scientist Robert Hooke‘sMicrographia, lying “at the intersection of magnified insects, battle masks, and armored chariots…”.[1] She exhibited at Leo Castelli‘s art gallery in the 1960s, and one of the largest known examples of her work is located in the lobby of the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. She retired from the art world to Orbisonia, Pennsylvania.[1] After decades of obscurity, she was brought back to public attention by a 2003 retrospective coorganized by the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and theMuseum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, that traveled to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2004. The retrospective included both work from her public, art-world career and an extensive display of work done after retreating from the public view.[1] Bontecou’s work was also included in Carnegie Museum of Art Carnegie International 2004-5 exhibit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Bontecou Sculpture 1

Bontecou Sculpture 2


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