Catherine Lee is an American artist known for both her sculptures and paintings featuring irregular grids and tile-like patterns. Lee frequently uses black and monochrome colors in her works because she believes it adds a hostile note to her work. “I have a really strong belief in the power of abstraction,” she has said.

“My work refers to things in the world tangentially, but it’s not at all representational.” Born in 1950 in Pampa, TX, she went on to receive her BA in studio arts from San Jose State University in California. Influenced by the Minimalist works of Agnes Martin and Robert Ryman, Lee began exploring the grid after relocating to New York in the mid-1970s. The artist cites her childhood landscape of the Texas Panhandle as a major influence on her abstractions. Lee currently lives and works between Wimberley, TX and New York, NY. 

She has had solo shows at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), Keramikmuseum Westerwald (Germany), Kunsthaus Wiesbaden (Germany), Musée d’Arte Moderne (France), and Omi International Arts Center (New York). Some of the institutions that own her work include the Blanton Museum of Art (Austin), Contemporary Austin, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Museum of Modern Art (New York), San Francisco Museum of Art, and Vancouver Art Gallery, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and the Tate Modern in London.

 

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