Art Criticism and the Gendering of Lee Bontecou's Art, ca. 1959 - 1964

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This thesis identifies and analyzes gendering in the art writing devoted to Lee Bontecou's metal and canvas sculptures made from the 1959 - 1964. Through a careful reading of reviews and articles written about Bontecou's constructions, this thesis reconstructs the context of the art world in the United States at mid-century and investigates how cultural expectations regarding gender directed the reception of Bontecou's art, beginning in 1959 and continuing through mid-1960s. Incorporating a description of the contemporaneous cultural context with description of the constructions and an analysis of examples of primary writing, the thesis chronologically follows the evolution of a tendency in art writing to associate gender-specific motivation and interpretation to one recurring feature of Bontecou's works.

Creator(s): Estrada-Berg, Victoria
Creation Date: December 2005
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
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  • Creation: December 2005
  • Digitized: February 12, 2008
Description:

This thesis identifies and analyzes gendering in the art writing devoted to Lee Bontecou's metal and canvas sculptures made from the 1959 - 1964. Through a careful reading of reviews and articles written about Bontecou's constructions, this thesis reconstructs the context of the art world in the United States at mid-century and investigates how cultural expectations regarding gender directed the reception of Bontecou's art, beginning in 1959 and continuing through mid-1960s. Incorporating a description of the contemporaneous cultural context with description of the constructions and an analysis of examples of primary writing, the thesis chronologically follows the evolution of a tendency in art writing to associate gender-specific motivation and interpretation to one recurring feature of Bontecou's works.

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Level: Master's
Discipline: Art History
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Keyword(s): Lee Bontecou | art writing | criticism | sculpture | modernism
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UNT Libraries
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UNT Theses and Dissertations
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  • OCLC: 68903222 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc5587
Resource Type: Thesis or Dissertation
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Holder: Estrada-Berg, Victoria
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