By Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
The artist Lee Lozano (1930--1999) begun her profession as a painter; her
paintings swiftly advanced from figuration to abstraction. within the past due Nineteen Sixties, she created
a big sequence of 11 monochromatic Wave work, her last
within the medium. regardless of her achievements as a painter, Lozano is better identified for two
acts of refusal, either one of which she undertook as artistic endeavors: Untitled (General
Strike Piece), started in 1969, during which she lower herself off from the
advertisement artwork global for a time; and the so-called Boycott Piece,
which all started in 1971 as a month-long scan meant to enhance verbal exchange but
turned an enduring hiatus from chatting with or at once interacting with girls. In
this booklet, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer examines Lozano's Dropout Piece,
the end result of her perform, her maximum test in artwork and endurance,
encompassing all her withdrawals, and finishing purely together with her burial in an unmarked
And but, even though Dropout Piece is
between Lozano's most crucial works, it could actually now not exist in any respect. there's no
traditional paintings to be exhibited, no functionality occasion to be documented.
Lehrer-Graiwer perspectives Dropout Piece as leveraging the artist's
whole perform and embodying her artistic intelligence, her radicality, and her
depth. Combining artwork background, analytical inquiry, and journalistic
research, Lehrer-Graiwer examines not just Lozano's act of throwing in the towel but
additionally the evolution over the years of Dropout Piece within the context of
the artist's perform in big apple and her next lifestyles in Dallas.
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Forty whilst Queen Elizabeth II visited the paintings Institute of Chicago’s annual scholar exhibition in 1959, all people, even the newspaper, spotted that she singled Lozano out admiringly. ‘“That was once the excessive point,” Adrian Lozano stated. “I suggest, the Queen of britain comes by way of, pauses, talks to you, shakes your hand and asks you a question. Lee was once excited. She instructed all people. ”’ See R. Wilonsky, ‘The Dropout Piece’, op. cit. , p. three. forty-one NB5, 22 January 1970, p. seventy nine. forty two in response to her neighbour Billy Bryant Copley, their Grand highway development housed the Aztec Clay Moistener corporation, which made fabrics for cigar humidors, and the energetic Hat corporation, which made hats. A present resident (Turid Meeker in dialog 21 might 2007) acknowledged the construction additionally had a lace manufacturing unit, and that there was once piles of the stuff mendacity round. Lozano’s notebooks contain this remark: ‘good factor I acquired that lace. Landlord (Mr. Louis Rubin) bought bldg this day & i must disguise defense by way of Mon’. NB2, sixteen may well 1969, p. 36A. She also referred to as funds ‘lace’. forty three Dennis Adrian, ‘Lee Lozano’, Artforum, vol. five, no. five, January 1967, p. 60. forty four There are 11 panels simply as there are 11 inner most notebooks. forty five ‘Making Waves: The Legacy of Lee Lozano’ (David Reed interviewed by means of Katy Siegel), Artforum, vol. forty, no. 2, October 2001, p. 25. forty six NB7, February 1970, p. 148. forty seven NB9, might 1970, p. thirteen: ‘As wavelengths of power get longer, the motion solidifies, that's, becomes topic. wish the Wave sequence makes this evident’. forty eight NB6, February 1970, p. fifty two: ‘Artforum advert (another new one): Lee Lozano waves on the Whitney’. forty nine ‘The ’60s in summary: thirteen Statements and an Essay’ (ed. Maurice Poirier and Jane Necol), artwork in the US, vol. seventy one, no. nine, October 1983, p. one hundred thirty five. 50 NB2, four July 1969, p. ninety. fifty one NB4, 14 September 1969, p. 35. ninety eight | Lee Lozano 52 Lozano made a chart of the way lengthy it took to color every one panel’s wave that used to be reproduced on the backside of the Whitney Museum’s press free up. See ‘Whitney Museum press liberate with artist’s annotations', reproduced in A. Szymczyk, (ed. ), Lee Lozano, op. cit. , p. 117. fifty three NB7, 28 February 1970, p. 142. fifty four NB9, 24 July 1970, p. 114. fifty five dialog with J. van Liere, nine could 2012. fifty six NB5, December 1969, p. eight. somewhere else in her notebooks (NB5, January 1970, p. 66), Lozano finds that ready Fancy may culminate in sexual activity with a undeniable shut good friend. fifty seven NB1, could 1969, p. seventy five. fifty eight NB2, four July 1969, p. 89. fifty nine NB1, 14 could 1968, p. forty two. this concept corresponds heavily with Stephen Kaltenbach’s pondering at the moment. 60 NB2, April 1969, pp. 14–16. The asterisk’s corresponding footnote is ‘I misplaced wait’. sixty one L. Lozano, Grass Piece, reproduced in I. Müller-Westermann (ed. ), Lee Lozano, op. cit. , 2010, p. 205. sixty two Ibid. sixty three Ibid. , pp. 206–07. sixty four NB2, five July 1969, p. ninety one. sixty five NB2, four June 1969, pp. 66–67. sixty six NB6, c. 12 February 1970, p. 25. sixty seven NB8, c. 29 April 1970, p. 193. Dropout Piece | ninety nine 68 ‘“Perspective” & issues from a “distance” so much important’. NB2, c. four June 1969, p. sixty seven. sixty nine For information on how frequently she dropped acid on the time, with whom and the place the acid got here from, see NB9, May–September 1970, pp.