Lee Bontecou

What happens when an artist drops out at the pinnacle of her professional success? In Lee Bontecou‘s case, she kept working, and her art got even better. Bontecou abandoned stardom in the New York City scene of the 1970’s to work in seclusion in rural Pennsylvania. Now she’s back in a big way — or rather her work is, anyway — with a huge retrospective exhibit, curated by Elizabeth Smith, traveling to major museums across the country. But, as artist and critic Peter Plagens reminds us — just don’t expect Bontecou herself to show up.  [Produced for PRI‘s “Studio 360“.]

Lee Bontecou, "Untitled" (1961).

Lee Bontecou, “Untitled” (1961).

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