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Portrait of the artist Catherine Lee (detail)
Portrait of the artist Catherine Lee (detail)

Past and present, rigour and creativity are inimitably combined in the artistic work of Catherine Lee, who was born in 1950 in Texas. Her works, which can be situated on the border between abstraction and representation, appeal equally to our senses and to our imagination. Initially her work consisted of the classical genres drawing and sculpture, but in exploring different techniques and combining various genres she developed an extraordinary artistic language which stands out due to its severe and monumental aura. In addition to her free-standing sculptures, her wall objects exemplify this fusion of genres. Here, the categories of relief, sculpture, and painting merge into a harmonious synthesis. Catherine Lee often chooses forms that trigger off manifold associations. Sometimes they resemble pottery and archaic tools, or they remind us of erratic blocks from antiquity, impressing us with their enormous physical presence. Balance between different elements is a crucial point in Catherine Lee's work and contributes fundamentally to the distinctiveness of her art.

She intentionally interlocks forms, thereby creating extremely moving but nonetheless well-adjusted compositions, like her multipart ceramics which consist of thoughtfully composed elements. Catherine Lee prefers to work in materials that can be transformed from a liquid into a solid state. "Mutability is what interests me. I have difficulties with wood because it begins as one thing and remains as one thing", the artist says. Catherine Lee lives and works in Texas. Her works are represented in leading collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Tate Gallery, London.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2018
The Ney Project

Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, TX, USA

2017
Catherine Lee. Time

Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, USA

2016
Catherine Lee

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Schwitzerland

2016-17
Sculpture and Paintings

Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland

2015
Catherine Lee

Contemporanea, Galerie für Moderne Kunst, Oberbillig, Germany

2014
Emergence

Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, USA

2014
Catherine Lee. Being Here / Being There

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2013-14
Catherine Lee

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2012
West Texas Triangle. Catherine Lee

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo TX, USA; partner museums of this exhibtion project: Museum of the Southwest, Midland; The Old Jail Art Center, Albany; Grace Museum, Abilene, TX, USA

2011
Catherine Lee

Kunsthaus Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany

2009
Catherine Lee

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2006
Catherine Lee

Musée d'Art Moderne, St. Etienne, France

2005
Catherine Lee

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

2005
Catherine Lee

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

Group exhibitions
2020
Identities

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

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2018-19
Gestalt: A new Entity

Cinnebar Gallery, San Antonio, TX, USA

2018
Catherine Lee und Kay Whitney, Transtitional Spaces

Texas ArtHouse, Johnson City, TX, USA

2017-18
Pick & Pocket. Small is Beautiful

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2016
Ceramix

La Maison Rouge, Paris, France

2016
San Antonio Collects: Contemporary

San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX, USA

2016
2016 Summer Exhibition

Omi International Arts Center/ Omi Fields Sculpture Park, Ghent NY, USA

2016
Pure

Texas Art House, Johnson City, TX, USA

2016-20
Summer Show

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2015
Beyond Horizon. Reflexion on the horizontal line

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2013
Women in Art

Northeast Lakeview College, San Antonio, TX, USA

2012
Sculture

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2012
First Annual Salmon Sculpture Competition

in association with the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX, USA

2011
Signs of Change: Bodo Korsig and Catherine Lee

UTSA Satellite Space, Departement of Art and Art History, San Antonio, TX, USA; travelled to: Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany; Kunsthaus Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany

2008
Landscape and Geometry

Annely Juda Fine Art, London, UK

2007
(I’m Always Touched) By Your Presence, Dear - New Acquisitions

Irish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, Dublin, Ireland

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