Pun Value: 4 Works by Lee Lozano

Pun Value: 4 Works by Lee Lozano

Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX

December - April, 2012

The Visual Arts Center and Center Space Project in the Department of Art and Art History in partnership with The Blanton Museum of Art present Pun Value: 4 Works by Lee Lozano, a case study of works by Lee Lozano from The Blanton collection. This tightly focused exhibition comprising four major works by Lozano examines the artist’s process and influence on the art world of the 1960s. Lozano had a brief period of success as a painter and conceptual artist in the 1960s and early 1970s, and during this period, exhibited re-transcribed pages from her notebooks alongside her paintings and drawings in New York, Berlin, and Halifax. She showed at the Bianchini Gallery in New York with other well-known artists such as Mel Ramos and Robert Ryman, and was friends with Robert Morris, Yvonne Rainer, and Carl Andre. In late 1972, Lozano willfully “dropped out” of the art world by enacting her conceptual project, Drop Out Piece, moving from New York to Dallas and ceasing to produce art. In the process of leaving the art world, she essentially began the 20-year project of erasing her legacy. Lozano had seemingly disappeared from the art world until five years ago when important retrospectives of her work were mounted in Basel and Stockholm.

This exhibition creates a larger meditation on her practice through the close examination of these four works of art owned by The Blanton, which have not been exhibited together since the museum’s 2003 exhibition, Transgressive Women.

Exhibition catalog designed by Russell Etchen  

Exhibition review in Pastelegram