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Lee Bontecou

Daniel Weinberg Gallery

Spanning four decades, these twenty-seven drawings offer a glimpse of the most delicate works produced by an artist famous for her rugged sculptures in heavy canvas, wire, plastic, and other materials on steel armatures. The most recent drawings are generally the most refined, with draftsmanship that would knock an old master’s socks off, and all show an unexpected sensitivity to drawing media. This is not, however, the kinder, gentler side of Bontecou, whose work, even at its most elegant, is never easy on the eyes—or the mind. The drawings involve strange jumbling of serene and sinister, sensual and clinical, comical and foreboding. And all reflect Bontecou’s odd penchant for mixing feminine with masculine and hybridizing attributes of the natural with those of the machine-made, and the machine itself.

Often reading as sketches for sculptures (and in one case bearing a title that

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