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Director’s Talk

Tue 29 May, 6-7pm, Free. Book via Eventbrite

The Fruitmarket’s Director Fiona Bradley reflects on how her understanding of Lozano’s art has developed in the course of making and living with the exhibition.

Lee Lozano Slip Slide Splice
Exhibition 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 ‘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 credit: Lee Lozano, No title (detail), c. 1961. © The Estate of Lee Lozano. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth

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Discussion Group: Refusal

Thu 17 May, 5–6pm. Free. 10 places. Book via Eventbrite
Join the Fruitmarket’s Ruth Bretherick to discuss refusal in the context of Lozano’s work. There will be a small amount of reading to do in advance, which will be provided when you book.

Lee Lozano Slip Slide Splice
Exhibition 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 ‘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 credit: Lee Lozano, No title (detail), c 1962. © The Estate of Lee Lozano. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth

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Set Pieces: Fresh Fruit Tweens for 8–11 year olds

Sun 13 May, 10–11am. Free. 12 places for 8–11 year olds.
To book a place email the bookshop on bookshop@fruitmarket.co.uk or call 0131 226 8181.

Artist Louise Fraser leads this workshop which explores themes, ideas and materials within our Lee Lozano exhibition Slip Slide Splice. You will perform and document everyday scenarios in this workshop exploring language and instruction as art.

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In the Frame

Sat 12 May, 12–2pm. Free. 12 places. Book via Eventbrite 
Artist Juliana Capes will take you through detailed descriptions of Lozano’s art and practice, with lunch and refreshments. We particularly welcome people with visual impairments, and hearing loss and disabilities.

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.

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