Lee Lozano

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Lee Lozano
ca. 1966
Graphite and ink on graph paper.
9 7/8 x 7 1/2 inches (25.1 x 19.1 cm)
Gift of Peter Soriano.

Lee Lozano dropped out of the art world in the 1970s, but she had gained attention in the previous decade for her raw, sexually charged images and for drawings and paintings depicting tools. This sheet belongs to a group of works Lozano made between 1965 and 1967, in which she retained the volumetric precision of her tool compositions, but pushed her imagery further into the realm of abstraction. Most of the paintings and corresponding studies, similar to this one, were named with verbs, such as "Lean," "Clamp," and "Split." This drawing, which bears the inscription "Curtis," demonstrates Lozano's rigorous approach toward composition. The sheet bears seven slightly different versions of the same composition, from which she has chosen one for further exploration.


Recto: signed and dated, "66 Lozano."

Jaap van Liere; Lawrence Markey Gallery, New York; purchase by Peter Soriano, New York (1997); gift to the Morgan (2020).
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