Happy Independence Day to all my counterparts in the U S of A! You didn’t think I’d forget, did you? I am, after all, half American (true story).
I was searching around for an interesting image that involved fireworks, but finally settled on something even better: a mind-boggling suspended ‘exploding’ sculpture by Lee Bontecou that she worked on for 18 years.
Plus, Americans love a good comeback story: Bontecou had success in her early artistic career but she left NYC in 1971 to live in rural Pennsylvania, where she continued to produce work largely in isolation and obscurity. Over the last 10 years her incredible output has been finally brought to light and properly recognized, deservedly so.
Image above: Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1980-1998. Welded steel, porcelain, wire mesh, canvas, wire. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Image via ArtTattler (photos barely do justice in capturing the essence of this piece, which I was fortunate enough to see in person at MOMA Queens when I first moved to NYC in 2003).
ps. Thanks for listening to me geek out, art-school-girl style.