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


  • Author: Estrada-Berg, Victoria
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Way, Jennifer
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Colpitt, Frances
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Mayer, Melinda
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2005-12
  • Digitized: 2008-02-12


  • English


  • Content 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.


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Bontecou, Lee, 1931- -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Gender identity in art.
  • Keyword: Lee Bontecou
  • Keyword: art writing
  • Keyword: criticism
  • Keyword: sculpture
  • Keyword: modernism


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: unt_strict
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Estrada-Berg, Victoria
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 68903222
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc5587


  • Degree Name: Master of Arts
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Discipline: Art History
  • Academic Department: School of Visual Arts
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas