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"Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective"
2004-07-30 until 2004-09-27
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY,
Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective, co-organized by the UCLA Hammer Museum and
the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, is the most comprehensive
exhibition ever assembled of the work of this influential 20th century
American artist-one of the few women artists to receive major recognition in
the 1960s. Drawn from private and public collections as well as from
Bontecou's own holdings, this exhibition features not only her early and
celebrated welded steel sculptures but also her lesser-known later work,
including pieces only recently completed.
Bontecou's powerful constructions
incorporate a variety of figurative, organic, and mechanistic references,
suggesting states of transformation between the natural and the man-made,
order and chaos, delicacy and ferocity.
The exhibition is curated by
Elizabeth A.T. Smith, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary
Art, Chicago, in conjunction with Ann Philbin, Director of the UCLA Hammer
Museum, and organized for The Museum of Modern Art by Lilian Tone, Assistant
Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture. The exhibition is sponsored
nationally by Altria. The national tour is made possible by The Henry Luce
Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith
Foundation, Friedrike Merck, and Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky. The
accompanying catalogue is made possible in part by Agnes Gund and Daniel
Shapiro and The Ruth and Murray Gribin Foundation.
Welded steel, canvas, epoxy, leather, wire, and light
78½ x 119 x 31 in. (199.4 x 302.3 x 78.7 cm)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Gift of Robert B. Mayer Family Collection, 1991.85