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 ... continued below

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Estrada-Berg, Victoria December 2005.

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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.

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  • December 2005

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Estrada-Berg, Victoria. Art Criticism and the Gendering of Lee Bontecou's Art, ca. 1959 - 1964, thesis, December 2005; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc5587/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .