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The Art of JAMA |

Untitled Lee Bontecou

Thomas B. Cole, MD, MPH
JAMA. 2014;311(7):654-655. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279334.
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An early memory of the American sculptor Lee Bontecou (1931-   ) is of driving along the coast of Nova Scotia, seeing a windmill emerge from the fog, and stopping the car to watch the vanes cut a circle in the sky. The keeper invited her inside to see the gadgets that made the windmill work, and she was charmed by its beauty and simplicity. Aerodynamics and the demarcation of space are key concepts in Bontecou’s art, which is notable for its skin-on-frame construction. Many of her lightweight sculptures, such as the Untitled composition pictured here, were made by fastening blackened strips of conveyer belts and laundry bags to iron frames.

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Lee Bontecou (1931-   ), Untitled, 1966, American. Welded steel, canvas, epoxy, leather, wire, and light. 199.4 × 302.3 × 78.7 cm. Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (http://www.mcachicago.org/), Chicago, Illinois; gift of Robert B. Mayer Family Collection, 1991.85. Photo © Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. © Lee Bontecou.



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