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  • Provenance

    The artist
    Knoedler & Company, New York
    Barbara and Sorrell Mathes, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2004

  • Exhibited

    New York, Knoedler & Company, Lee Bontecou: Drawings 1958-1999, May 6 – July 30, 2004, no. 29, p. 37 (illustrated)
    New York, Barbara Mathes Gallery, Paper: Bontecou, Flavin, Kusama, Long, Mangold, Sandback, Serra, Smith, Taaffe, September 11 – October 27, 2007

  • Catalogue Essay

    Lee Bontecou
    Born 1931, Providence, Rhode Island
    1950-52 Bradford College, Haverhill, Massachusetts
    1952-55 Art Students League, New York

    Selected museum exhibitions:
    Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2004); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1993); Halthorn Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York (1977); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1972); Kunstverein Giannozzo, Berlin (1968); Documenta III, Kassel, Germany (1964); The Museum of Modern Art (1961)
    Selected honors: American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006); Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (2004); Fulbright Scholarship (1956)
    Selected public collections: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Dallas Museum of Art; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Kunstmuseum Basel; Menil Collection, Houston; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Whitney Museum of American Art

    Among the few women to gain prominence in the art world of the 1960s, Lee Bontecou garnered attention for her abstract sculptures and drawings that combine mechanical imagery with organic shapes. Untitled, 1990, depicts a surrealist landscape complete with a darkened celestial object and biomorphic clouds. Bontecou has described her drawings as “worldscapes” that evoke aspects of the imaginary and everyday world, evoking themes of mystery and the infinite.



signed and dated “Bontecou 1990” lower right
graphite on paper
17 x 14 in. (43.2 x 35.7 cm.)
Executed in 1990.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019