Lee Lozano - WIN FIRST DONT LAST, WIN LAST DONT CARE
Lee Lozano WIN FIRST DONT LAST, WIN LAST DONT CARE
The first Dutch retrospective of American artist Lee Lozano’s work at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Until now Lozano has been relatively unknown, yet she belongs to the most radical, liberal thinking and fascinating artists of New York’s avant-garde art scene of the nineteen sixties. The exhibition comprises about a hundred drawings and paintings [ including the acclaimed Wave paintings from 1967 ] along with a broad selection of handwritten instructions and statements with which he became famous in the late sixties and early seventies. Lozano began her short career as an artist in the early sixties with figurative paintings and cartoon type drawings in which she translated tools into sexually mixed images, sometimes adding obscene or amusing texts. In the mid-sixties she focused on minimalist and abstract forms in her paintings, which she consistently continued to develop from her tool motifs. These works finally led to the large format Wave series of paintings, which she worked on between 1967 and 1970. In the late sixties the artist became increasingly disillusioned with the commercial art world and her last work Drop Out Piece [ 1969-1970 ] marks her gradual withdrawal from the New York art scene. In the end she decided not to speak anymore to women, a radical decision, which is a criticism of both the art world and the social system.