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Details & Cataloguing

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Lee Bontecou
B. 1931
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welded steel, ceramic, silk, wire and copper
23 by 22 by 23 in. 58.4 by 55.9 by 58.4 cm.
Executed in 1985.
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Provenance

Collection of Dora G. Flash, Ithaca (acquired directly from the artist in November 2000)
Thence by descent to the present owner

Exhibited

Los Angeles, Hammer Museum; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; New York, Museum of Modern Art, Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective, October 2003 - September 2004, pl. 112, pp. 120, 168 and 230, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"Her work is always a synthesis, whether the general feeling is organic, that is the existence of living things; the enormity of space, its countless other planets and stars; our comparatively recent mechanical inventions; or the future. The qualities of these enormous subjects are distilled in Lee's work, then evoked strongly in the spectator.  Specific situations, of our existence, sex and violence, for example, the two that spring readily to my postwar mind, are always there, but only as part of the general mystery of things. Her art is finally and irreducibly mysterious." 
Tony Towle quoted in Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective, New York 2004, p. 170

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