Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective

Jul 30–Sep 27, 2004


Lee Bontecou. Untitled. 1997. Pencil on graph paper, 22 × 30″ (55.9 × 76.2 cm). The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift. © 2016 Lee Bontecou

This is the first in-depth retrospective of the American artist Lee Bontecou, presenting not only her celebrated welded-steel sculptures from the 1960s and 1970s but also her lesser-known later work—including drawings and large-scale suspended pieces, painstakingly crafted by hand—most of it on view for the first time.

The exhibition was jointly organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

The national sponsor of the exhibition is Altria Group, Inc.

The national tour is made possible by The Henry Luce Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Friedrike Merck, and Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky. The accompanying catalogue was made possible, in part, by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, and The Ruth and Murray Gribin Foundation.

The New York presentation is made possible by Altria Group, Inc. with additional generous support from Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro. The accompanying educational programs are made possible by BNP Paribas.


  • Lee Bontecou : a retrospective : [brochure] July 30-September 27, 2004 Out of print, 20 pages
  • Press release 4 pages


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