By Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
The artist Lee Lozano (1930--1999) all started her profession as a painter; her
paintings quickly advanced from figuration to abstraction. within the past due Nineteen Sixties, she created
a massive 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), all started in 1969, during which she lower herself off from the
advertisement artwork international for a time; and the so-called Boycott Piece,
which all started in 1971 as a month-long test meant to enhance conversation but
turned an enduring hiatus from talking to or at once interacting with girls. In
this ebook, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer examines Lozano's Dropout Piece,
the fruits of her perform, her maximum test in paintings and endurance,
encompassing all her withdrawals, and finishing basically together with her burial in an unmarked
And but, even if Dropout Piece is
between Lozano's most crucial works, it might probably now not exist in any respect. there's no
traditional art to be exhibited, no functionality occasion to be documented.
Lehrer-Graiwer perspectives Dropout Piece as leveraging the artist's
whole perform and embodying her inventive intelligence, her radicality, and her
depth. Combining artwork heritage, analytical inquiry, and journalistic
research, Lehrer-Graiwer examines not just Lozano's act of chucking up the sponge but
additionally the evolution over the years of Dropout Piece within the context of
the artist's perform in big apple and her next existence in Dallas.
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Eighty two discussion Piece additional redefined the phrases of her participation within the paintings international in accordance with a personal version of interplay. all started 21 April 1969 (during basic Strike Piece), discussion Piece (fig. 10–11) steered: name (OR converse TO/WRITE) humans FOR the explicit goal OF INVITING THEM TO 12 months LOFT FOR A discussion. IN procedure FOR the remainder of ‘LIFE’. 32 | Lee Lozano The seven-page ‘write-up’ documenting the venture via to 18 December 1969 gathers a powerful part of the downtown avant-garde. deepest through layout, the knowledge and concepts exchanged throughout the dialogues stay virtually totally unknown, yet Lozano meticulously recorded all of the artists, curators, gallerists and different avid gamers who took half, together with Gary Bower, Dr. Milton Brutten and his spouse Helen M. Herrick, James Lee Byars, Claire Copley, Agnes Denes, Dan Graham, Stephen Kaltenbach, Brice Marden, Robert Morris (‘Moose’), Weston Naef, Cindy Nemser, Larry Poons (‘Poonsie’), Rolf Ricke, Alan Saret, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson (‘Smitty’), Keith Sonnier, John Torreano, Marcia Tucker, Lawrence Weiner and Kes Zapkus. while she commented at the dialogues, her notes have been minimum and customarily enthusiastic: ‘one of the easiest dialogues I’ve had in an extended time’;83 ‘the so much beautiful discussion takes place’; ‘instant sturdy Scorpio communication’. Serra smoked an excessive amount of of Saret’s hash and received ‘an assault (too stoned), falls off the chair to the ground with a crash, has “convulsions” and passes out’. She argued satirically opposed to discussion as a piece at the same time she outlined it in its ‘write-up’: ‘the function of this piece is to have a discussion with as many folks as poss. to not make a piece’. ‘No double-loading of events’84 multitasking or recording of conversations was once allowed to distract. discussion prioritised improvised collaboration (in a nod to Carl Andre and Hollis Frampton’s co-authored 12 Dialogues: 1962–1963) over aggressive claims to highbrow estate, always increasing and evolving its purview with each new discussion. Its particular, extravagant open-endedness was once a leap forward, prefiguring equally unbounded gestures like Douglas Huebler’s Variable Piece #70 (In Process), started in 1971 (which additionally claimed the rest of the artist’s life), or, extra to the purpose, Dropout Piece. This used to be what she so much sought after from ‘Life-Art’: THE discussion PIECE COMES the nearest up to now TO a terrific i've got OF one of those paintings that will by no means stop RETURNING suggestions TO ME OR TO OTHERS, WHICH regularly REFRESHES ITSELF WITH NEW details, WHICH ways an awesome MERGER OF shape AND content material, that could by no means BE ‘FINISHED’, that could by no means RUN OUT of fabric, WHICH DOESN’T contain ‘THE ARTIST & THE OBSERVER’ yet MAKES either Dropout Piece | 33 PARTICIPANTS ARTIST & OBSERVER concurrently, which isn't on the market, which isn't tricky TO MAKE, that is low-cost TO MAKE, that may by no means BE thoroughly UNDERSTOOD, elements OF in order to constantly stay MYSTERIOUS & UNKNOWN, that is UNPREDICTABLE & PREDICTABLE whilst, actually, THIS PIECE methods HAVING every little thing I get pleasure from OR search ABT paintings, AND IT can't be installed A GALLERY, even supposing a few elements OF it can be ‘EXHIBITED’ if this is the case wanted.