Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited with text by Joan Banach, Jeremy Melius, Laura Stamps, Benno Tempel.
Since the 1960s, American artist Lee Bontecou (born 1931) has been internationally praised for her intriguing sculptures and installations.
The rich, organic shapes of her sculptures seem to originate from a mysterious universe in which fears and desires are condensed.
Recently the artist created “Sandbox,” a new installation in which she combines elements from her work from the 1960s to the present. A picture essay by Joan Banach, artist and friend of Bontecou, focuses on the genesis of “Sandbox” and maps the rich network of Bontecou’s inspirations: pictures range from extracts from geological and historical books to images of works by old masters.
Beautiful, detailed photographs of the artist’s studio—including her inspirational “wall of drawings”—are featured alongside reproductions from Bontecou’s sketchbooks. This book is an intimate insight into the creative process of the artist.
Published by Knoedler & Company. Text by Elisabeth Sussman.
In her essay for this concise new catalogue of Lee Bontecou's early transparent vacuum-formed fish and flora sculptures and associated works on paper, the esteemed curator and art historian Elisabeth Sussman writes, "From a standpoint 40 years later, as sculptors everywhere seek to marry form, expression, observation, social context and modern materials in single objects and in groups of objects, or installations; when making materials function in individual, idiosyncratic, expressive ways is a mark of distinction; Bontecou's fish and plants of the late 1960s and early 1970s now appear highly prophetic." Bontecou's early summers in Nova Scotia imbued her with a lifelong fascination with nature and the sea. After studying at the Art Students League in New York (1952-55) and spending a year in Rome on a Fulbright Fellowship (1956-57), Bontecou settled in New York's Lower East Side, and then Soho. In the late 1960s, however, she began to spend part of each year in the mountains of rural Pennsylvania, where she immersed herself in an evocative inner world of natural forms derived from fish and plants. Using a vacuum-forming machine invented by an artist friend, Bontecou created the haunting, lightweight translucent sculptures gathered here.
PUBLISHER Knoedler & Company
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9 x 10.25 in. / 64 pgs / 33 color / 3 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 12/15/2007 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2008 p. 136
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780978998721TRADE List Price: $30.00 CDN $35.00