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Lee Bontecou

(American, 1931-)

Welded steel, canvas and wire

Overall: 132.1 x 121.6 x 30.5 cm (52 x 47 7/8 x 12 in.)

Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art 1967.77


In the early 1960s, Bontecou challenged artistic conventions through the creation of three-dimensional wall constructions that were neither sculpture nor painting, but a hybrid of the two forms. This piece is carefully constructed using found objects including aluminum, welded steel, wire, and various types of canvas. An ambiguous form, with a sporadic network of dark orifices, it alludes to a tension between the organic and the mechanical, the human body, and the savagery of war.

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