Lee Bontecou

Since the 1960s, American artist Lee Bontecou has been internationally praised for her intriguing sculptures and installations. The rich, organic shapes of her sculptures seem to originate from a mysterious universe in which manʼs fears and desires are condensed.

Recently the artist created Sandbox, a new installation in which she combines elements from her work from the 1960s to the present.

A picture essay by Joan Banach, artist and friend of Bontecou, focuses on the genesis of Sandbox and maps the rich network of Bontecouʼs inspirations: pictures range from extracts from geological and historical books to images of works by old masters. The beautiful, detailed photographs were taken at the artistʼs studio.

This publication also shows Bontecouʼs sketchbooks and the inspirational ʻwall of drawingsʼ in her studio. It is an intimate insight into the creative process of the artist.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands, 25 February – 2 July 2017.

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