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Lee Bontecou: Drawn Worlds

by Michelle White, Dore Ashton and Joan Banach The Menil Collection
Pub Date:
04/2014
ISBN:
9780300204131
Format:
Hbk 144 pages
Price:
AU$75.00 NZ$77.39
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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Lee Bontecou (b. 1931) established a significant reputation in the 1960s with pioneering sculptures and reliefs made of raw and expressionistic materials. Her art is simultaneously organic and mechanical, and infused with biological, geological, and technological motifs. These same qualities also animate a less-known but compelling body of work: her drawings. Ranging from her early soot on paper works created using powder from a welding torch to recent drawings in pencil and colored pencil that evoke cosmoses and microcosmic worlds, this stunning book is the first retrospective survey of Bontecous consistently innovative drawings. More than sixty full-color plates, populated by imagery ranging from black voids to mechanomorphs to hybrid descendants of teeth, plants, and fish, are complemented by original essays from leading scholars who explore themes such as the drawings historical contexts, Bontecous use of the iconography of the void, and the eco-apocalyptic themes of an artist who came of age in the roiling political atmosphere of the 1960s.

Michelle White is curator at The Menil Collection, Houston. Dore Ashton is an art critic and art historian. Joan Banach is an artist who lives and works in New York City.