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.

Timeline

1950
Born in Pampa, TX, USA
1982
Artist in Res., Minneapolis Coll. of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN, USA
1983
Teaching, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, USA
1986–1987
Teaching, Columbia University, New York, NY
2000
Teaching, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, USA
2011
Teaching Residency, IKKG Institut für Künstlerische Keramik und Glass, FH Koblenz (Höhr-Grenzhausen)
Lives and works in New York, NY and Wimberley, TX, USA

Exhibitions

2014
Return. George Krause, Catherine Lee, McKay Otto, Cinnabar Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
2014
Blue Star Contemporary Art, San Antonio (solo)
2014
Catherine Lee. Being Here/ Being There, Galerie Karsten Greve, Köln / Cologne (solo)
2013
McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio (solo)
2013
Stronger than Fear is Hope, Galerie Schmalfuss, Berlin
2013
Women in Art, Northeast Lakeview College, San Antonio, curated by James Miller
2013
Edge Order Rupture, Galerie Lelong, NYC
2013
Aîtres, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Salzburg
2013
Polari Film Festival, Animated Short Films, Austin
2012
Galerie Lelong, New York (solo)
2012
West Texas Triangle: Catherine Lee, Ellen Noël Art Museum, Odessa; Museum of the Southwest, Midland; Grace Museum in Abilene; Old Jail Art Center in Albany; San Angelo Museum of Fine Art in San Angelo (solo)
2012
25th Anniversary Exhibition, Galleri Weinberger, Copenhagen
2012
First Annual Salmon Sculpture Competition, in association with the San Angelo
2012
Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo
2012
Sculpture, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
2011
Signs of Change: Bodo Korsig and Catherine Lee, UTSA Satellite Space (Departement of Art and Art History), San Antonio; Weitere Stationen / Travelled to: Keramikmuseum Westerwald; Kunsthaus Wiesbaden
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
2010
10th Anniversary Exhibition, dberman gallery, Austin
2010
Black and White, Galleri Weinberger, Kopenhagen / Copenhagen
2010
On Paper II, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
2010
Collecting the New, Recent Acquisitions to the IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2009
WE, Galerie Academia, Salzburg, Austria
2009
Gifted, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA
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
2008
Exchange, dberman gallery, Austin.
2008
dberman gallery, Austin. (solo)
2008
Galleri Weinberger, Kopenhagen / Copenhagen (solo)
2007
Catherine Lee, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris. (solo)
2007
Catherine Lee, Galerie Lelong, New York.
2007
(I’m Always Touched) By Your Presence, Dear - New Acquisitions, Irish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, Dublin.
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
2006
Catherine Lee, Dieter Huber, Markus Redl, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Wien / Vienna
2006
PARADISO & INFERNO, MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg.
2006
Galleri Weinberger, Kopenhagen / Copenhagen (solo)
2005
Catherine Lee, Galerie Karsten Greve, Köln / Cologne (solo)
2005
State of Texas - Clay, University of Texas at San Antonio Art Gallery.
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 (solo)
2003
Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France (solo)
2003
Six Visions: Contemporary Ceramics, curated by Steve Reynolds, University of Texas at San Antonio Art Gallery.
2003
Accrochage, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris.
2002
Galleri Weinberger, Copenhagen, Denmark
2002
Shift, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
2001
Minimalism Past And Presence, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
2001
Catherine Lee: Bronze Plummets and other works, Galleria Karsten Greve Milan, Italy (solo)
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
2000
New Works, Jamileh Weber Gallery, Zürich / Zurich
1999
Gallery Artists, Jamileh Weber Gallery, Zürich / Zurich
1999
Group Exhibition, Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona.
1999
Black & White III, Galleri Weinberger, Kopenhagen / Copenhagen
1999
25th Anniversary Exhibition, Jamileh Weber Gallery, Zürich / Zurich
1999
Encaustic Works, Watermark/Cargo Gallery, Kingston.
1999
Collaborative Papers: Contemporary Works of Art from the Garner Tullis Workshop, curated by Kathy Muehlemann, Maler Museum of Art, Lynchburg.
1999
Group Show: Chillida, Judd, Lee, LeWitt, Mangold, Ryman, Galerie Lelong, New York.
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 Gedachtnis 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
1998
Zeit und Materie, Baukunst Galerie, Köln / Cologne
1998
Group Exhibition, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris.
1998
Oud en Nieuw, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands
1997
Gallery Group Exhibition, parts I & II, Jamileh Weber Gallery, Zürich / Zurich
1997
New Editions, Galerie Lelong, New York.
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
1996
Jill Moser & Catherine Lee, University of Rhode Island.
1995
Summer Group Show, Galerie Jamileh Weber, Zürich / Zurich
1995
Group Show, Galerie Lelong, New York.
1995
Black & White I, Galleri Weinberger, Kopenhagen / Copenhagen
1995
US Print/Grafiikkaa USA Garner Tullis Workshop, Retretti Art Center, Finnland.
1995
Recent Acquisitions, Hofstra Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery, Hempstead.
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
Galleri Weinberger Copenhagen, Denmark
1994
Hill Gallery Birmingham, MI, USA
1994
Contemporary Prints, The Tate Gallery, London, UK
1994
Shape, Pamela Auchincioss Gallery, New York.
1994
Contemporary Prints, The Tate Gallery, London
1994
29th Annual Exhibition of Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
1994
Sculpture & Drawing, Galerie Lelong, New York.
1993
Italia-America. L’astrazione Ridefinita, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, San Marino.
1993
Couples, Annely Juda Fine Art, London.
1993
Trascending Boundaries, curated by Cynthia Gallagher e Arthur Williams, New York.
1993
Garner Tullis Workshop, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City.
1993
Contemporary Prints, Ten Years of Acquisitions, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland.
1993
Prints from the Garner Tullis Workshop, The Australian Print Workshop & the Darian Knight Gallery, Fitzroy.
1993
Drawings. 30th Anniversary Exhibition. The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York.
1993
5 One Man Shows, Galerie Jamileh Weber, Zürich / Zurich
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
1992
Juxtapositions, Annely Juda Fine Art, London.
1992
Curated by Bill Maynes, Boshart Gallery, Old Chatham, New York.
1992
Women Critics, Bruton Street Gallery, London.
1992
Reliefs, Konstructive Tendens, Stockholm.
1992
Geteilte Bilder, das Diptychon in der neuen Kunst, Museum Folkwang, Essen.
1992
The Age of Bronze, Ramnarine Gallery, New York.
1991
Drawings, Pamela Auchincioss Gallery, New York.
1991
Group Exhibition, Marisa del Re Gallery, New York.
1991
Contemporary Sculpture from the Weatherspoon Collection, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
1991
Catherine Lee Monotypes, Pamela Auchincioss Gallery, New York.
1991
Kohji Ogura Gallery Nagoya, Japan
1991
Biennale de Sculpture, Monte Carlo, Monaco
1990
Galerie Karsten Greve Paris, France
1990
Artists in the Abstract, kuratierte von / curated by John Davis, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
1990
Minimal Sculpture, Marisa del Re Gallery, New York.
1990
Inaugural Exhibition, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco.
1990
Monotypes from the Garner Tullis Workshop, Malmgran Gallery, Göteborg / Gothenburg
1989
Sitings: Drawing with Color, Instituto de Estudios Norteamericanos, Barcelona; Weitere Stationen: / Travelled to: Casa Revilla, Valladolid; Museo Barjola, Gijon; Calouste
1989
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York.
1989
Drawings, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco.
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
1988
Works on Paper, Ruggiero Henis Gallery, New York.
1988
Works on Paper Invitational, Shea & Beker Gallery, New York.
1987
Lee, Lewczuk, Witek, Pamela Auchincioss Gallery, Santa Barbara.
1987
5 Abstract Artists: Amar, Gitlin, Glick, Lee, Wiley, Michael Maloney Gallery, Santa Monica.
1987
Gallery Artists, John Davis Gallery, New York.
1987
Monotypes from the Garner Tullis Workshop, Laurie Rubin Gallery, New York.
1987
Art against Aids, Rosa Esman Gallery, New York.
1987
Drawn Out, Kansas City Art Institute.
1987
Black in the Light, Genovese Graphics, Boston.
1987
Selected Works, Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo.
1987
Selected Works, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, NY
1987
John Davis Gallery New York, NY
1986
The Constructed Image, Laurie Rubin Gallery, New York.
1986
24 x 24, Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York.
1986
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
1986
Works on Paper, Althea Vlafora Gallery, New York.
1986
Gallery Artists, John Davis Gallery, New York.
1986
Invitational, Saxon Lee Gallery, Los Angeles.
1986
Past and Present, curated by Steven Reynolds, University of Texas, San Antonio.
1986
Catherine Lee and Sean Scully, Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia.
1986
Inaugural Exhibition, John Davis Gallery, New York.
1985
The Non-Objective World – 1985, curated by Stephen Westfall, Kamikaze, New York.
1985
An Invitational, kuratiert von / curated by Tiffany Bell, Condeso-Lawler Gallery, New York.
1985
Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, John Davis Gallery, Akron.
1984
Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, Inc, Akron.
1984
Contemporary Art, National City Bank, Cleveland.
1984
Fifteen Abstract Painters, kuratiert von / curated by Per Haubro Jensen, Susan Montezinos Gallery, Philadelphia.
1984
Small Works: New abstract Painting, Lafayette College, Easton.
1984
John Davis Gallery Akron, OH, USA
1983
Contemporary Abstract Painting, Muhlenberg College Center for the Arts, Allentown.
1983
Multiples, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York.
1983
Third Anniversary Exhibition, John Davis Gallery, Akron.
1983
MCAD Faculty Show, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Institute of Art, Minneapolis.
1983
All Over Painting, Grommet Gallery, New York.
1983
New Acquisitions, Franklin Furnace, New York.
1982
Critical Perspectives, kuratiert von / curated by Joseph Masheck, P.S. 1. New York.
1982
Group Invitational, Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston.
1982
Pair Group, kuratiert von / curated by William Zimmer, Jersey City Museum of Art, Jersey City.
1982
Pastiche, Emily Harvey Gallery, New York.
1981
CAPS at the State Museum, New York State Museum, Albany, New York.
1981
CAPS at the State Museum, New York State Museum, Albany, New York.
1981
Arabia Felix, curated by William Zimmer, Art Galaxy, New York.
1981
New Directions, kuratiert von / curated by Sam Hunter; Weitere Stationen / Travelled to: The Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale; Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids; Madison Art Center, Madison; Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery.
1980
Mind Set, John Weber Gallery, New York.
1980
Contemporary Works, kuratiert von / curated by Sam Hunter, Princeton University Museum, Princeton.
1980
P.S.1., The Institute for Art & Urban Resources, New York, NY
1980
P.S.1 New York, NY
1979
Fourteen Painters, Lehman College, CUNY, New York.
1979
New Wave Painting, kuratiert von / curated by Per Haubro Jensen, The Clocktower, New York
1978
Four Artists, kuratiert von / curated by Per Haubro Jensen, Nobe Gallery, New York.
1978
Summer Invitational, Nobe Gallery, New York.

Public Collections

Hôtel des Arts, Toulon
Hôtel des Arts, Toulon
Commodities Corporation, Princeton
The Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
The Museum of Fine Art, Boston
The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin
Museet for Modern Kunst, Kopenhagen
Kröller Mueller Museum, Otterlo
The Tate Gallery, London
Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Linz
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Wien
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina
Buscaglia-Castellani Art Gallery, Niagara University
IBM Corporation, Armonk
Kenan Center, Lockport
Phillip Morris, Inc.
State University of New York, Cortland
Chemical Bank
United States Department of State, Washington
Edward R. Broida Trust, Los Angeles
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh
Milwaulkee Art Museum, Milwaukee
Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia
The San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
The Metropolitan Opera, New York
The Dallas Museum of Art, Houston
Museum of Modern Art, New York