Catherine Lee  (American, 1950) 

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Catherine Lee (American, b.1950) is an American artist from Texas. Lee works in several media and has created oil paintings, bronze sculptures, and pen and ink drawings. Born in Pampa, TX, she used the surrounding landscapes as inspiration for some of her early works. Lee taught at the University of Texas in San Antonio and Columbia University in New York. She also served as the Artist in Residence at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

Lee started her career in the 1970s and focused on Modernism during this era. Art historians note that she used the basic grid of the canvas as the inspiration for her finished work. Lee frequently uses black and monochrome colors in her works because she believes it adds a hostile note to each piece. One of the first pieces in which she introduced more color was Nututun in 1989. This piece featured different shades of bronze with sharp lines. Lee started to experiment with larger pieces during the 1990s; at this time, she created works like Sibyl, which looked like a large stone. Lee continued to work with new forms of media throughout the 2000s by creating pieces with handmade ceramic elements.

Lee had her first exhibition in 1980 at The Institute for Art & Urban Resources in New York, NY. She later exhibited her work at the John Davis Gallery in Akron, OH, the Galerie Karsten Greve in Paris, France, and the Mizuma Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. Her recent showings include two solo shows at Kunsthaus Wiesbaden in Wiesbaden, Germany, and at the Keramikmuseum Westerwald in Hohr-Grenzhausen, Germany. Lee continually reinvents herself, introducing the art world to pieces that use new elements. Though many know her as a sculptor, she also experiments with watercolors, ink drawings, and sketches. Several museums around the world currently show her work, including the Galerie Karsten Greve in Paris, France, the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX, and the Galerie Lelong in New York. Lee currently divides her time between her homes in New York and Wimberley, TX, where she continues to work on new pieces.

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Catherine Lee, Tar baby

 

Catherine Lee
Tar baby
1993

Galerie Michael W. Schmalfuss
Catherine Lee, Wayfarers

 

Catherine Lee
Wayfarers
1998-2001

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
Catherine Lee, The Blanco

 

Catherine Lee
The Blanco
1995

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
Catherine Lee, Chocolate Cadmium (Quanta #21)

 

Catherine Lee
Chocolate Cadmium (Quanta #21)
2012

Galerie Lelong - New York
Catherine Lee, Drawing 01.015

 

Catherine Lee
Drawing 01.015
2000

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
Catherine Lee, postcard : w/c 07.326

 

Catherine Lee
postcard : w/c 07.326
2007

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
Catherine Lee, postcard: w/c 05.133

 

Catherine Lee
postcard: w/c 05.133
2005

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
Catherine Lee, postcard: w/c 02.018

 

Catherine Lee
postcard: w/c 02.018
2002

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
Catherine Lee, postcard : w/c 08.010

 

Catherine Lee
postcard : w/c 08.010
2008

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
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Catherine Lee, Starnberger See

 

Catherine Lee
Starnberger See, 1989
bronze, polished w/patina

 

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Catherine Lee, The latter

 

Catherine Lee
The latter, 1985
glazed ceramic

 

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Catherine Lee, Quebec (in 2 parts)

 

Catherine Lee
Quebec (in 2 parts), 1989
bronze

 

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  Teaching, Columbia University, New York, NY
  Teaching, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, USA
  Born in Pampa, TX, USA
  Artist in Res., Minneapolis Coll. of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  Lives and works in New York, NY and Wimberley, TX, USA
2011   Kunsthaus Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany (solo)
2011   “Multiplicities,” Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Hohr-Grenzhausen, Germany (solo)
2010   Topographies, A Collaboration with Shay Ishii Dance Company,” Austin Ventures Studio Theater, Austin, Texas
2009   Wade Wilson Art, Houston, TX, USA (solo)
2009   Galerie Karsten Greve Köln, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2008   Clad Works, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, UK (solo)
2008   Bodo Korsig – Catherine Lee: Exchange, D Berman Gallery, Austin, TX, USA (solo)
2008   A Year In Drawing, Galerie Lelong, New York, New York, NY
2007   Landscape and Geometry, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, UK
2007   The Mark Paintings 1977-79, Galerie Lelong, New York, New York, NY (solo)
2007   Shadow, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
2007   Annely Juda – A Celebration, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, UK
2006   Catherine Lee, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Etienne, France
2006   Catherine Lee, Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, France
2005   Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
2004   Shards: The Work of Catherine Lee, Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX, USA
2004   Texans, Past & Present, 2004, curated by Steve Reynolds, University of Texas at San Antonio Gallery, TX, USA
2004   Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
2003   Galerie Jamileh Weber, Zurich, Switzerland
2003   Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France
2002   Galleri Weinberger, Copenhagen, Denmark
2002   Shift, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
2001   Minimalism Past And Presence, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
2001   Galleria Karsten Greve Milan, Italy
2001   X Biennial Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, University of Texas at San Antonio
2001   20 Years of Collaboration, Garner Tullis Workshop, New York
2000   Galerie Carles Taché Barcelona, Spain
2000   Galerie Academia Salzburg, Austria
2000   Lyman-Allen Art Museum New London, CT, USA
1999   Lafayette College Easton, PA, USA
1999   Galerie Lelong New York, NY, USA
1999   San Diego State University Art Gallery San Diego, CA, USA
1999   Galerie Lelong, Sentinels and other Works, New York, NY
1999   Catherine Lee The Alphabet Series, University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, CA, USA
1999   Das Dedachtnis öffnet seine Tore, Städtische Gallerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
1998   Galleri Weinberger Copenhagen, Denmark
1998   Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Germany
1998   Bemis Art Foundation Omaha, NE, USA
1998   Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Germany
1997   Galleria Karsten Greve Milan, Italy
1997   Sonoma State University Art Gallery Sonoma, CA, USA
1996   Art Pace, A Foundation for Contemporary Art San Antonio, TX, USA
1996   Serienbilder - Bilderserien, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
1996   Galerie Jamileh Weber Zurich, Switzerland
1996   Galerie Academia Salzburg, Austria
1996   ArtPace Foundation, San Antonio, TX, USA
1995   Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1995   Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
1995   Mizuma Gallery Tokyo, Japan
1995   Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Germany; Paris, France
1995   Galerie Lelong New York, NY
1995   Galerie Lelong New York, NY
1995   Galleri Weinberger Copenhagen, Denmark
1994   Hill Gallery Birmingham, MI, USA
1994   Contemporary Prints, The Tate Gallery, London, UK
1993   Limestone Press San Francisco, CA, USA
1993   Annely Juda Fine Art London, UK
1992   Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Austria
1992   Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus Munich, Germany
1991   Kohji Ogura Gallery Nagoya, Japan
1991   Biennale de Sculpture, Monte Carlo, Monaco
1990   Galerie Karsten Greve Paris, France
1989   Annely Juda Fine Art London, UK
1989   Recent Acquisitions, Prints, and Monotypes, The Tate Gallery, London, UK
1988   40th Annual Academy-Institute Exhibition, American Academy and Institute of the Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1988   Ten Americans, curated by John Caldwell, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
1987   Selected Works, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, NY
1987   John Davis Gallery New York, NY
1984   John Davis Gallery Akron, OH, USA
1980   P.S.1., The Institute for Art & Urban Resources, New York, NY
1980   P.S.1 New York, NY