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Lee Bontecou (B. 1931)
hanging sculpture—welded steel, canvas and wire
12 x 12 x 12 ¼ in. (30.5 x 30.5 x 31.1 cm.)
Executed circa 1960s.
Private collection, Illinois
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Lot Essay

"The reigning image is the black tunneled hole central to anything Bontecou undertakes...The circularity of Bontecou's central shapes can be seen as an inspired evocation of a deep-seated human hunger of the axis mundi, the central point around which the cosmos circulates..." (D. Ashton, quoted by E.A.T. Smith, "All Freedom in Every Sense," in Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective, exh. cat., Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2003, p. 174)

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