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Exhibition: Lee Lozano: Slip, Slide, Splice

Lee Lozano was a major figure in the New York art scene of the 1960s and early 1970s, making furiously inventive, irreverent and often tiny paintings and drawings; vast, abstracted paintings that sometimes used tools as their starting point; and conceptual works which took the form of instructions: ‘investment piece: be the recipient of a grant. Invest half the money on the stock exchange and hold purchase for a minimum time period of six months’.

These works, called ‘language pieces’ by Lozano, culminated in General Strike Piece (‘gradually but determinedly avoid being present at official or public ‘uptown’ functions or gatherings related to the ‘artworld’’…) and then Dropout Piece which saw Lozano leave New York and the art scene entirely. Her radical approach to art and life, in particular her systematic refusal to engage with the institutions and support structures of the art world, led somewhat inevitably to her work being neglected and becoming much less well known over time. Recently, this has begun to change, and we are proud to make this contribution to the reassessment of Lozano’s work.

This exhibition brings together work from across Lozano’s career. A selection of small paintings from 1962 will be shown alongside a selection of drawings from the same time – metamorphic and mostly frankly rude. Four vast, abstracted paintings will be contextualised both by related drawings and previously unseen notes, instructions and lists. A restaging of Infofictions, the exhibition of language pieces she made in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1971, a few months before her exit from the artworld, completes the exhibition, drawing visitors into the world of Lozano’s innovative and uncompromising artistic imagination; the world of a supremely talented painter who in the end prioritised thinking over doing.

Image: Lee Lozano, No Title, c 1962. © The Estate of Lee Lozano. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

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Exhibition Preview: Lee Lozano, Slip, Slide, Splice

Exhibition Preview
Lee Lozano Slip, Slide, Splice
Fri 9 Mar, 6.30–8.30pm. All welcome.

Be one of the first to see The Fruitmarket Gallery’s Spring exhibition by Lee Lozano, who was a major figure in the New York art scene of the 1960s and early 1970s. Lozano made furiously inventive, irreverent and often tiny paintings and drawings; vast, abstracted paintings that sometimes used tools as their starting point; and conceptual works which took the form of instructions: ‘investment piece: be the recipient of a grant. Invest half the money on the stock exchange and hold purchase for a minimum time period of six months’.

These works, called ‘language pieces’ by Lozano, culminated in General Strike Piece (‘gradually but determinedly avoid being present at official or public ‘uptown’ functions or gatherings related to the ‘artworld’’…) and then Dropout Piece which saw Lozano leave New York and the art scene entirely. Her radical approach to art and life, in particular her systematic refusal to engage with the institutions and support structures of the art world, led somewhat inevitably to her work being neglected and becoming much less well known over time. Recently, this has begun to change, and we are proud to make this contribution to the reassessment of Lozano’s work.

This exhibition brings together work from across Lozano’s career. A selection of small paintings from 1962 will be shown alongside a selection of drawings from the same time – metamorphic and mostly frankly rude. Four vast, abstracted paintings will be contextualised both by related drawings and previously unseen notes, instructions and lists. A restaging of Infofictions, the exhibition of language pieces she made in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1971, a few months before her exit from the artworld, completes the exhibition, drawing visitors into the world of Lozano’s innovative and uncompromising artistic imagination; the world of a supremely talented painter who in the end prioritised thinking over doing.

Image: Lee Lozano No title, c.1962.
© The Estate of Lee Lozano. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

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Lee Lozano: Curator’s Talk

Fri 9 Mar, 5–6pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite

Barry Rosen and Jaap van Liere of the Lee Lozano Estate will be in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Fruitmarket Director about the exhibition and the life and work of Lee Lozano.

About the exhibition
Lee Lozano
Slip Slide Splice
10 March – 3 June 2018
Lee Lozano was a major figure in the New York art scene of the 1960s and early 1970s, making furiously inventive, irreverent and often tiny paintings and drawings; vast, abstracted paintings that sometimes used tools as their starting point; and conceptual works which took the form of instructions: ‘investment piece: be the recipient of a grant. Invest half the money on the stock exchange and hold purchase for a minimum time period of six months’.

These works, called ‘language pieces’ by Lozano, culminated in General Strike Piece (‘gradually but determinedly avoid being present at official or public “uptown” functions or gatherings related to the “art world’’…’) and then Dropout Piece which saw Lozano leave New York and the art scene entirely. Her radical approach to art and life, in particular her systematic refusal to engage with the institutions and support structures of the art world, led somewhat inevitably to her work being neglected and becoming much less well known over time. Recently, this has begun to change, and we are proud to make this contribution to the reassessment of Lozano’s work.

This exhibition brings together work from across Lozano’s career. A selection of small paintings from 1962 will be shown alongside a selection of drawings from around the same time – metamorphic and often suggestive. Four vast, abstracted paintings will be contextualised both by related drawings and previously unseen notes, instructions and lists. A restaging of Infofiction, the exhibition of language pieces she made in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1971, a few months before her exit from the art world, completes the exhibition, drawing visitors into the world of Lozano’s innovative and uncompromising artistic imagination; the world of a supremely talented painter who in the end prioritised thinking over doing.

Image credit: Lee Lozano, No title, c 1962. © The Estate of Lee Lozano. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

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LGBT Headspace: Women’s Wellbeing Event

Fri 16 Mar, 6.30–9pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Doors at 6.30pm, Performances from 7pm

We are delighted to be partnering up with the LGBT Health and Wellbeing Centre to celebrate International Women’s Day. Makar Jackie Kay will share a spoken word performance, Delightful Squalor will give a taste of their timeless Americana sounds and there will be a creative opportunity to explore the Lee Lozano exhibition.

This event is for people who identify as women and non-binary people who feel most comfortable in women centred spaces.

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. The Adoption Papers won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize, and Scottish Arts Council Prize. Her collection of poems, Fierce, was shortlisted for the Costa Book award. Her novel Trumpet won the GuardianFiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. Red Dust Road won the Scottish Book of the Year Award. Her most recent collection of poetry is Bantam, published in October 2017. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. Jackie Kay was named Scots Makar—the National Poet for Scotland—in March 2016.

Delightful Squalor is way of life; a celebration of ‘less is more’, a sweet and savoury something to fill your heart with song and light. It joins the seasoned talents of singer song-writers Lake Montgomery of Paris, Texas and Cera Impala of Flagstaff, Arizona. These ladies provide honeyed harmonies you can hope to taste delivering an authentic Americana duet project, unique in its charm. Guitar, 5 string Banjo and ukulele in hand, they craft songs that feel timeless, songs to help you forget a world gone mad. A taste of country blues, gospel, folk and old-time jazz, they take from a range of influences resulting in a sound that comes across as quite it’s own.

Lee Lozano was a major figure in the New York art scene of the 1960s and early 1970s. Lozano’s radical approach to art and life, in particular her systematic refusal to engage with the institutions and support structures of the artworld, led to her work being neglected and becoming much less well known over time. Recently, this has begun to change, and The Fruitmarket Gallery are proud to make this first exhibition of her work in Scotland, which brings together paintings, drawings, language pieces and notes on making paintings that have only just come to light. Tiny, furiously inventive paintings from 1962 and are shown alongside a selection of irreverent, metamorphic drawings from the same time. Four vast paintings – No title(1964), Cram,Clamp (both 1965) and Lean (1966) are contextualised both by related drawings and previously unseen notes and instructions. The Infofictions complete the exhibition, drawing visitors into the world of Lozano’s innovative and uncompromising artistic imagination; the world of a supremely talented painter who in the end prioritised thinking over doing:‘I’d just as soon live in a world of ideas; I find I’m more and more interested in mental energy as opposed to real matter’ (Lozano, 16/7/71).

This event is provided as part of LGBT Headspace’s mental wellbeing programme. LGBT Health & Wellbeing welcomes the entire diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, queer, intersex & asexual communities and allies. Our services and activities are for all people aged 16+. This includes those who are questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and those who do not use labels for either.

 

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