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Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective

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"New in paperback" Artist Lee Bontecou (b. 1931) became widely known in the 1960s and 1970s for her welded steel sculptures and plastic and epoxy molded assemblages--powerful constructions that evoked natural phenomena and organic biological life as well as machines and instruments of war. This critically acclaimed book--available for the first time in paperback--reevaluates the career of this highly influential artist and focuses not only upon the impact of her early work but also on the import she has exerted on a generation of younger artists. Featuring some 50 sculptures and more than 100 drawings from the late 1950s to 2003, the book presents four essays that reposition Bontecou's work within the history of recent art, examine its shifting critical reception, discuss the artistic context in which her work was made, and analyze how science underpinned some of her earliest explorations. Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500

Bontecou Revealed

by HJ BOTT on Apr 29, 2010

This 2003 "Retrospective" catalogue was much anticipated by artists. We thank Elizabeth A.T. Smith for having forged this exhibition and its publication into being with the Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. The documentation is peerless. Unfortunately, from my perspective, the plates-only presentation necessitates a constant flipping back to a first class thumbnail List of Plates and sought for data. Still, the remarkably insightful essays are beautifully conjoined with highly relevant images. If you can't afford the full Lee Bontecou monograph, this exposition is a must for sculptors and aware collectors.


Fantastic Visionary Sculpture

by tobiwon on Nov 6, 2008

Lee Bontecou has achieved fame not because she has known the "right" people, but because of the striking originality and completeness of her skills as an artist. A must have book to inspire you.

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