Lee Lozano Not Working Jo Applin

Publication date:
20 Mar 2018
Yale University Press
192 pages: 254 x 178mm
40 color + 60 b-w illus.

This is the first in‑depth study of Lee Lozano’s idiosyncratic ten‑year career in 1960s New York, assuring this important artist a key place in histories of post‑war art. The book charts the entirety of Lozano’s production during this period, from her raucous drawings and paintings depicting broken tools muddled up with genitalia and other body parts to the final exhibition of her spectacular series of abstract ‘Wave Paintings’ at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1970.

Well‑regarded at the time, Lozano is now perhaps best known for Dropout Piece (1970), a conceptual artwork and dramatic gesture with which she quit the art world. Shortly afterwards she announced she would have no further contact with other women. Her ‘dropout’ and ‘boycott of women’ lasted until her death in 1999, by which time she was all but forgotten. This book tackles head‑on the challenges that Lozano poses to art history – and especially to feminist art history – attending to her failures as well as her successes, and arguing that through dead ends and impasses she struggled to forge an alternative mode of living. Equally, Lee Lozano:Not Working looks for the means to think about complex figures like Lozano whose radical, politically ambiguous gestures test our assumptions about feminism and the right way to live and work.

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Jo Applin was awarded the Suzanne and James Mellor Prize for distinguished scholarship on women artists for Lee Lozano: Not Working. Read more.

Jo Applin teaches modern and contemporary art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

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