Lee Bontecou, ‘Untitled’, 1990-2000, MCA Chicago

Image rights: Photo: Michal Raz-Russo, © MCA Chicago.

"Surrealism: The Conjured Life"

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2016)

Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Helen and Sam Zell.

About Lee Bontecou

One of the most widely recognized female artists of the 1960s, Lee Bontecou creates welded wall reliefs, hanging sculptures, and miniature, mystical drawings that reflect her interest in natural and man-made forms. Brown and black in tone and often with ominous, organic voids at their centers, her large-scale patchwork accumulations of canvas, leather, wire mesh, and muslin recall nests, machines, ancient architecture, and the human body. She constructs her massive, free-hanging forms from constellations of steel, shaped canvas, porcelain curios, and explosive lengths of wire that reach far into space. Through such works, Bontecou has sought to capture “as much of life as possible—no barriers—no boundaries—all freedom in every sense,” she says.

American, b. 1931, Providence, Rhode Island