Bontecou and "The Void"

Lee Bontecou again gets her due at the MCA Chicago. You might remember the outstanding survey of her work presented in 2004 when the art world was astoundingly reintroduced to the reclusive Bontecou's genius.  She's the star of their new show Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void 1949-1962.  Politics and painting were working hand in hand at this point. Artists responded to the destruction of World War II by embedding modes of destruction, fire, bullets and razor blades to rip, cut and tear in their studio practice. Robin Dluzen reviews the show for Art Fag City as does Kyle Macmillan for the Chicago Sun-Times

Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1959. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold H. Maremont, 1960.  

Yves Klein
Untitled Fire Painting (F 27 I), 1961

Burnt cardboard
98 7/16 x 51 3/16 in. (250 x 130 cm)


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