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Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton, NJ 08544-1018
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Spanning over 50 years, the career of American artist Lee Bontecou (b. 1931) has been defined by her sculptures of fiberglass, cloth, and rubber stretched over metal armatures. Her pioneering work was first shown at Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1960 and praised by artist Donald Judd as explicitly powerful, awesome, and entirely unique. Less known, her drawings are an equally vital component of her work, a form of making she continues to produce, and a practice that perhaps more forcefully reveals the artist's importance within the history of art.
This exhibition is the first retrospective presentation of Bontecou's drawings. The carefully edited selection of work from 1958 to 2012 will showcase the artist's experimentation with materiality through gesture, mark, and technique, and will seek to define her drawing as a separate way of making and seeing, providing an entirely new perspective on Bontecou as an artist who has perpetually challenged the modernist division of form and content. With gaping black holes, undulating forms and organic twisted lines, her surreal drawings are fantastic and spatial reflections about how we understand our place in the world. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.