Notebooks 1967-1970

Lee Lozano

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This publication is a compilation of Lee Lozano’s notebooks from 1967-1970, and the three included here contain her seminal “Language Pieces” and drawings for her paintings, including 12 studies for her 11-panel masterpiece, “Wave Series.”

Lee Lozano (1930-1999) was an enigmatic artist making a diverse body of drawings, paintings and conceptual works. While prolific, her production was limited to her time in New York from the early 1960s to the early 1970s. She was very actively engaged with other artists in New York until she decided to leave the artworld in 1972. Therefore much of her work has been difficult for the public to access until recently, when a few international museums staged surveys of her work. From the time of her boycott until her death, Lozano was an artist working conceptually but no longer participated actively in the commercial art world.

The pages of the notebooks contain notes and sketches related to her abstract paintings and also contain her texts, which were known as Language Pieces. The notes for the paintings and the Language Pieces in the notebooks reveal her desire to live and create art within a structured system. The individual pages of her notebooks were considered drawings, sometimes exhibited, and separated. Twenty years ago, Lozano’s notebooks were photocopied and it is that record which serves as the basis for this book making Lozano’s process and small graphic works, and their context, widely available for the first time.

8.5 x 10.75 inches
224 pages
Paperback
108 B&W images
Edition of 1000
April 2010
ISBN: 9780978869762

All images are © Estate of Lee Lozano