Lee Lozano, “Ream”, 1964. Copyright: The Estate of Lee Lozano. Courtesy: Hauser & Wirth.
“Ideas are the most powerful thing in the world. Give away your ideas!” The American artist Lee Lozano (1930-1999) had an intense but short career. Educated at the Art Institute in Chicago, she arrived in New York in 1960 and rapidly rose to recognition on a male-dominated art scene that was rebelling against abstract expressionism. In 1972, she dropped out of New York art life. Within the twelve years of her career, she formulated an independent and radical artistic oeuvre that was often provocative. Her works bear traces of pop art, minimalism and conceptual art, the dominating trends of the 1960s. However, Lee Lozano expressed herself in an entirely unique style. Her uncompromising way of combining art with life and taking the consequences of her actions makes her artistic practise exceedingly relevant even today. The underlying aggression, the rawness and immediacy of her works, is often combined with sarcastic humour, challenging the usual gender stereotypes.
Iris Müller-Westermann is Senior Curator of International Art at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. She curated the Lee Lozano retrospective at the Moderna Museet in 2010 and lately the much talked about exhibition “Hilma af Klint. A Pioneer of Abstraction” (2013), which is currently on show at the Museo Picasso Málaga after venues at the Moderna Museet and the Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin.
Lecture by Iris Müller-Westermann.
Invited by Jeannette Christensen.
Wednesday 20. November 2013 7pm, KhiO’s Main Auditorium Fossveien 24, Grünerløkka, Oslo.