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Lee Bontecou    (American, 1931)




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Biography
1931 Born in Providence, RI on January 15. Raised in New York and Nova Scotia
1954 Spent summer at the Skowhegan School, Skowhegan, ME
1952 - 1955 Studied at the Art Students League, New York, NY with William Zorach (1887–1966), as well as Morris Kantor (1896–1974) and Robert Brackman (1898–1980).
1954 - 1955 Merit Scholarship, Art Students League, New York, NY
1955 - 1956 Ball Grant, Art Students League, New York, NY
1956 Fulbright Scholarship, Rome, Italy
1956 - 1957 Lived in Rome, Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship
1958 Returned to New York, NY and moved into a lower East Side loft on Avenue C
1959 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award
1960 Formed a personal acquaintanceship with Joseph Cornell
1960 Mademoiselle Woman of the Year
1962 Moved to a studio on Wooster Street, New York, NY
1963 2nd Prize, 28th Biennial of American Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1964 New York State Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
1965 Began living with her husband, William Giles, on Greene Street, but continued to work at her Wooster Street studio
1966 First Prize, National Institute of Arts and Letters
1970 Joined the faculty of Brooklyn College, City University of New York, New York, NY
1991 Retired from teaching
2003 Francis J. Greenburger Award
2004 Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
2004 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, City University of New York, New York, NY
2004 The Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture
2005 Award for best monographic exhibition in a national museum, Awarded to Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective (Co-organized with the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2003), International Association of Art Critics, Paris, France
2007 Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Cambridge, MA
Lee Bontecou lives and works in Orbisonia, PA

Exhibitions
2011 Lee Bontecou: Insights, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany; Traveling to Kunst Sammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
2011 FreedmanArt, New York, NY (solo)
2010 Lee Bontecou: All Freedom in Every Sense, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
2010 American Painting 1959–2009, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2010 Compass in Hand, Selection from the Contemporary Drawing Collection of the Judith Rothschild Foundation, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
2010 Form in Translation: Sculptors Making Prints and Drawings, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
2010 Wall to Wall, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Collecting Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2009 The Art Show 21st Annual Exhibition, Knoedler & Company, New York, NY
2009 Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2008 - 2009 Selections from the collection of Helga and Walther Lauffs, Zwirner & Wirth, New York, NY
2008 In Their Own Words, Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Great Women Artists: Feminist Art From The Permanent Collection, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
2008 Visions: Selections from the James T. Dyke Collection of Contemporary Drawings, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
2008 Artists in Depth: Works from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
2008 Action/Abstraction, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
2008 Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976, The Jewish Museum of New York, New York, NY
2007 - 2008 Modern Times: Alumni Collect, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
2007 Lee Bontecou: Vacuum-formed Sculptures and Related Drawings, Knoedler & Company, New York, NY (solo)
2007 Black & White and a little red..., David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2007 The third mind - Carte blanche a Ugo Rondinone, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2007 What Is Painting? - Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2007 The Shapes of Space, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
2007 The Wandering Eye - Works on Paper from the 60s and 70s, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Twice Drawn, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2006 Lee Bontecou: Fifth Stone Sixth Stone, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (solo)
2005 Organic Abstraction: Homage to Ruth Duckworth at 85, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
2005 2-D from 3-D: Contemporary and Historical Drawings by Sculptors, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
2005 Part Object, Part Sculpture, Curated by Helen Molesworth, Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2005 Lee Bontecou: Selected Works, Gallery Salute to the 130th Anniversary of the Art Students League of New York, Knoedler & Company, New York, NY (solo)
2004 Lee Bontecou: Drawings 1958–1999, Knoedler & Company, New York, NY (solo)
2004 The Heroic Century: The Museum of Modern Art Masterpieces, 200 Paintings and Sculptures, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2004 Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
2004 54th Carnegie International 2004–5, Including a Monographic Exhibition of works by Lee Bontecou, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
2003 - 2004 Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective, Curated by Elizabeth A.T. Smith with Ann Philbin, Co-organized with the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; The Museum of Modern Art, Queens, NY (solo)
2003 Crisis Response, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2003 Drawing Modern: Works from the Agnes Gund Collection, The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
2003 Black White, Danese, New York City, NY
2002 Crisis Response, The RISD Museum, University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
2002 True Grit: Seven Female Visionaries Before Feminism, Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
2002 Vertigo, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York, NY
2001 Lee Bontecou: Drawings, 1962–1998, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2001 Winter Group Exhibition, Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York, NY
2001 About Objects, The RISD Museum, University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
2000 Welded Sculpture of the Twentieth Century, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, NY
2000 Sculpture by Richard Artschwager, Lee Bontecou, John Chamberlain, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1998 - 2000 Twentieth Century American Drawings From the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Traveled to Sunrise Museums, Charleston, WV; Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL; Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
1999 Drawing from the 60s & 70s: Joe Baer, Lee Bontecou, Eva Hesse, and Agnes Martin, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, New York, NY
1999 The American Century: Art and Culture 1900–2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1999 Lee Bontecou, 1958–1972, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, New York, NY (solo)
1996 Fiber and Form: The Woman’s Legacy: Hannelore Baron, Lee Bontecou, Nancy Grossman, Eve Peri, Anne Ryan, Betye Saar, Lenore Tawney, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
1996 From a Curator’s Point of View: Making Selections and Forging Connections - Bontecou, Hesse, Judd, LeWitt, Marden, Morris, Smithson, Weatherspoon Arts Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greenboro, Greenboro, NC
1996 Kingdom of Flora, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1996 50/50: Fifty Artists from Fifty Years of Skowhegan (Anniversary Exhibition & Raffle), PaceWildenstein Gallery, New York, NY
1996 Reliefs 1959-'60, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
1995 Lee Bontecou: Early Drawings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1995 Lee Bontecou: Reliefs, 1959–60, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands (solo)
1994 Fine Lines, Anthony Slayter-Ralph, Santa Barbara, CA
1994 Printmaking in America: Collaborative Presses and Prints, 1960–1990, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ; The Mary Leigh Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1994 Animal Farm, James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1994 Bontecou, Higgins, Moskowitz - Work From the 1960s, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Selections from the Collection, Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York, NY; Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
1993 - 1994 Lee Bontecou: Sculpture and Drawings of the 1960s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Traveled to Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO (solo)
1993 The Second Dimension: Twentieth Century Sculptors’ Drawings, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1993 Sculpture and Drawings of the 1960's, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1993 Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
1991 Smith Collects Contemporary, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
1987 Leo Castelli and His Artists: 30 Years of Promoting Contemporary Art, Centro Cultural Arts Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico
1987 Alternative Supports: Contemporary Sculpture on the Wall, Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI
1987 20th Century Art in the Museum Collections; Direction and Diversity, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1986 The Sculptural Membrane, Sculpture Center, New York, NY
1986 Definitive Statements: American Art 1964–66, Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI
1984 - 1985 The Third Dimension, Whitney Museum, New York, NY; Traveled to Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
1984 Socialites and Satellites, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY
1984 The Third Dimension, Whitney Museum, New York, NY; Traveled to Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
1984 Dorthy C. Miller: With an Eye to American Art, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
1983 Nocturne, Seigel Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1982 Castelli and His Artists: Twenty-Five Years, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA; Traveled to Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, Aspen, CO; Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, OR; Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX
1982 The Americans: Collage 1950–82, Contemporary Art Museum, Austin, TX
1982 Universal Limited Art Editions: A Tribute to Tatyana Grosman, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York, NY
1982 Women’s Art: Miles Apart, Aaron Berman Gallery, New York, NY; Traveled to Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL
1982 Universal Limited Art Editions: A Tribute to Tatyana Grosman, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York, NY
1981 Selections from Castelli, Neil G. Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1981 The New Dimensions in Drawing, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
1981 Heresies, ULAE: Works by Lee Bontecou, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Alexander Liberman, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, and Andre Voznesenski, The Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, New York, NY
1980 Ed Ruscha, Billy Bengston, Edward Kienholz, Lee Bontecou, Ed Moses, Craig Kauffman - Paintings, Asher/Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1980 The Eclectic Mood in Black, Aaron Berman Gallery, New York, NY
1980 New York Collection Portfolio, Tyler Museum of Art, TX
1980 Reliefs, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland
1980 From Reinhardt to Christo, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, OH
1980 Drawings to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, Inc., Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1978 Collection: American Sculpture, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1977 The Liberation: 14 American Artists (organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC), American House, Berlin, Germany; Traveled to American Cultural Center, Budapest, Hungary; USIS Library Gallery, Rome, Italy; Ankara Bi-National Center Art Gallery, Ankara, Turkey
1977 Lee Bontecou in Retrospect, Hawthorne Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
1977 Lee Bontecou in Retrospect: Drawings and Sculptures, Hathorn Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (solo)
1976 Halper Gallery, Palm Beach, FL (solo)
1976 American Artists ‘76: A Celebration, Marion Koogler McKnay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
1976 Contemporary American Prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1976 Halper Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1975 Prints and Drawings by Lee Bontecou, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (solo)
1975 Thirty Artists in America, Part, Michael Walls Gallery, New York, NY
1974 Drawings, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1974 In Three Dimensions, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1973 Say it With Flowers, The Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
1973 American Drawing: 1970–1973, Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1972 Drawings: Barry, Bontecou, Daphnis, Flavin, Huebler, Johns, Judd, Kosuth, Lichtenstein, Morris, Nauman, Owen, Rauschenberg, Rosenquist, Ruscha Serra, Sonnier, Stella, Twombly, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1972 Lee Bontecou, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (solo)
1971 Lee Bontecou: Sculpture, Drawings & Lithographs, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1971 Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
1970 L’Art Vivant Americain, Foundation Maeght, Saint Paul-de-Vence, France
1970 Pittsburgh International Exhibition, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
1970 Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany
1970 The Drawing Society National Exhibition, American Federation of the Arts, New York, NY
1969 An American Report on the Sixties, Denver Art Museum, CO
1969 Contemporary Drawing Show, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, TX
1969 Ars ’69 Helsinki, Ateneum, Helsinki, Finland
1968 Sculpture Annual, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1968 Lee Bontecou: skupturen, tekeningen, lithos, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1968 Lee Bontecou, Städtisches Museum Schloß Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany (solo)
1968 Stadtisches Museum, Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
1968 Kunstverein Giannozzo, Berlin, Germany
1968 Sculpture Annual, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1967 Sculpture: A Generation of Innovation, Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1967 Ten Years, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1966 Flint Invitational, Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, MI
1966 Sculpture Annual, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1966 Group Show, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1966 National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1966 The Jewish Museum, New York, New York:Harry N. Abrams Family Collection
1966 Drawings, University of Texas, Austin, TX
1966 Sculpture Annual, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1966 Lee Bontecou, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1965 Lee Bontecou, 1965, Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Paris, France (solo)
1964 The Whitney Annual, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1964 New American Sculpture, Pasadena Art Museum, CA
1964 Group Show, The New School, New YorkLeo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1964 Recent American Sculpture, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
1964 The Whitney Annual, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1964 New York State Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
1964 Painting and Sculpture of a Decade: 1959–1964, Tate Gallery, London, UK
1964 International Prize, Instituto Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1964 International Drawing Show, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany
1964 100 American Drawings, Byron Gallery, New York, NY
1964 The Artists’ Reality, Morris International Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1963 Americans 1963, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1963 Aspetti dell’Arte Contemporanea, L’Aguilla, Italy
1963 Donner à Voir, Galerie Creuze, Paris, France
1963 28th Biennial Exhibition, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
1963 Whitney Annual Exhibition - Sculpture and Drawing, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1963 Drawings, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1963 1er Salon International de Galeries Pilotes, Musée Cantonal Des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
1963 Mixed Media and Pop Art, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, NY
1963 The South County State Bank, Saint Louis, MO
1963 Americans, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1963 Dealer's Choice, (Arman, Bontecou, Dine, Kienholz, Klein, Lichtenstein, Oldenberg, Parker, Rauschenberg, Raysse, Reinhardt, Rivers, Rosenquist, Tinguely), Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1963 Whitney Annual Exhibition - Sculpture and Drawing, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1963 Americans, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1962 Lee Bontecou, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1962 65th Annual American Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1962 Art Since 1950, The Seattle World’s Fair, Seattle, WA
1962 Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Paris, France:Brandeis Universtiy, Waltham, MA
1962 Continuity and Change, The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
1962 Group Show, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1962 Drawings, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1961 Six Sculptors, The Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1961 The Pittsburgh International Exhibition, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
1961 Whitney Annual Exhibition - Sculpture and Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1961 Six Sculptors, (Peter Agostini, Lee Bontecou, Cesar, John Chamberlain, Edward Higgins, Louise Nevelson), The Dwan Gallery, New York, NY
1961 Le Nouveau Realisme, Galerie Rive Droite, Paris, France
1961 VI São Paulo Bienal, The São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Brazil
1961 New York Scene, New London Gallery (Marlborough Fine Arts Limited), London, UK
1961 Sculpture and Relief, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1961 Society for Contemporary American Art, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
1961 The Art of Assemblage, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1961 Group Show, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1961 Whitney Annual Exhibition - Sculpture and Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1960 Lee Bontecou: Constructions, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1960 New Media—New Forms I and II, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY
1960 Women of American Art, World House Galleries, New York, NY
1960 Recent Acquisitions, 1960–61, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1960 Sculpture and Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1960 Summary 1959–1960, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1959 Contemporary American Sculpture, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA; Traveled to Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA; Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH
1959 Gallery G, New York, NY
1958 Festival of Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy
1957 - 1958 Exhibition of Fulbright Awardees, Schneider Gallery, Rome, Italy
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