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Artist of the moment………Lee Bontecou

 

Lee Bontecou is an American artist renown for her abstract sculpture works. Lee Bontecou was born in Providence, Rhode Island in the year 1931. Bontecou’s flourished as an artist in the 1950s and 1960s with her sculptures made with unique materials.

Bontecou received a great deal of training at the Art Student’s League of New York. Bontecou also received a Fullbright Scholarship to study abroad in Rome, Italy.

A major influence and mentor to the artist was sculptor William Zorach.

Bontecou taught for many years at Brooklyn College located in New York.

Below a signature work from Lee Bontecou that was shown at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City:

Many of the artist’s work was a mix of steel and other modern materials including conveyor belts and mail sacks.

A brief biography and documentary on Lee Bontecou:

Price range information: Bontecou worked as a printmaker and silkscreens and lithographs can be found in the $5,000 to $20,000. Works in casein and graphite range from $20,000 to the low six figures. Sculptures in bronze and steel can reach near the 1 million dollar level.

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Artist of the moment…….William Zorach

 

William Zorach was a wonderful painter and sculptor in the modernist tradition. William Zorach was born in the year 1887 in Jurbarkas, Lithuania, Russian Empire. The artist attended the Cleveland School of Art. Zorach also attended the National Academy of Design located in New York City. Like his wife, William Zorach also attended Bates College.

price range information: William Zorach was a highly productive artist, lithographs and watercolors range from $5,000 to $10,000. Original oils  and bronzes can reach as high as $200,000.

The artist’s birthname was Zorach. He and his wife made the switch to using Zorach for a last name after then were married.

The couple had a daughter who went on to a great career as an artist named Dahlov Ipcar. The marriage also produced a son named Tessim.

The artist was elected to membership in the American Academy for Art and Design.

The family of the artist emigrated to the United States in 1894.

The artist was a great draftsman and found employment as a teenager working in the field of lithography.

William Zorach passed away in 1966 at the age of 79 years of age.

William Zorach is included in many prominent collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Artist of the moment…….Marguerite Zorach

 

Marguerite Zorach was born in Santa Rosa, California in the year 1887. Marguerite Zorach was one of the first Modernist painters in the country. Zorach had a lengthy career as a commercial artist and designer. Her designs were used in the production of batiks and fabrics. The artist also worked in a Cubist style.

For her artistic education Zorach attended Bates College located in Lewistown, Maine.

Here we have another wonderful husband and wife team of artists who painted in the same Modernist style. The two met whilst studying art abroad in Paris, France. The couple was married on Christmas Eve in 1912.

Both husband and wife were past winners of the Logan Medal of the Arts. This prize was associated with the Art Institute of Chicago but ceased to exist after 1940.

Marguerite Zorach was  participant in the famed 1913 Armory Show. The first show of Modernist art in America.

Zorach was also part of the WPA program as a painter of murals.

Marguerite Zorach passed at the age of 1968 at 80 years of age.

Price range information: Prints can be found at $4,000 to $250,000.

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