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Lee Bontecou Silkscreen Print


 
Lee Bontecou Silkscreen Print


Lee Bontecou

Untitled, 1973
Color Silkscreen on 100% Rag Paper
9 x 12 inches
Edition of 300
Numbered by the Artist in pencil lower left recto
Signed "Lee Bontecou" in white pencil lower right
Stamped in black on verso "© Copyright 1973 By Lee Bontecou Printed At Styria Studio"
Printed by Styria Studio
Published by Experiments in Art and Technology



Bontecou is best known for the sculptures she created in the 1960s, which challenged artistic conventions of both materials and presentation by hanging on the wall like a painting. They consist of welded steel frames covered with burlap or recycled canvas and other found objects. Art critic Arthur Danto describes them as "fierce", reminiscent of 17th-century scientist Robert Hooke's Micrographia, lying "at the intersection of magnified insects, battle masks, and armored chariots...”.

She exhibited at Leo Castelli in the 1960s. One of the largest 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, which was commissioned by the architect Philip Johnson.

After decades of obscurity, she was brought back to public attention by a 2003 retrospective co-organized by the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Museum 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. Bontecou's work was also included in the Carnegie International 2004-5 exhibit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2010, the Museum of Modern Art presented a retrospective of Bontecou's work entitled All Freedom in Every Sense.