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Tenth Stone

A work made of lithograph from one stone in black ink on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of lithograph from one stone in black ink on white wove paper.

Date:

1968

Artist:

Lee Bontecou (American, born 1931)
printed by Fred Genis
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

About this artwork

Between 1967 and 1969, Bontecou created a group of large flower sculptures made of vacuum-formed plastic whose centers trail long tendrils and which resemble gas masks. She envisioned these to be the products of a post-apocalyptic world, commenting that “I was doing a lot of drawings of flowers prior to [the sculptures]. And I thought, ‘this is all we’re going to have left. Make a few plastic flowers in the world and that will be it. Give them a few [gas] masks, let them survive.’”

With Tenth Stone, Bontecou experimented with several subtle colors, but settled on a simple black for the final, published print. The flower’s petals and stem are riveted like metal, merging the botanical and the mechanical to create a disturbing hybrid that reflects, among other things, Bontecou’s fears for the environment.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Lee Bontecou

Title

Tenth Stone

Origin

United States

Date

1968

Medium

Lithograph from one stone in black ink on white wove paper

Dimensions

950 × 560 mm (image); 1048 × 713 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

U.L.A.E. Collection acquired through a challenge grant of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dittmer; restricted gift of supporters of the Department of Prints and Drawings; Centennial Endowment; Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund

Reference Number

1982.109

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