Louis Lozowick


Louis Lozowick (December 10, 1892 September 9, 1973) (ukr: Луї Лозовик) was a Russian-American painter and printmaker. He was born in the Russian Empire (Ludvinovka, Ukraine), came to the United States in 1906, and died in New Jersey in 1973. He is recognized as an Art Deco and Precisionist artist, and mainly produced streamline, urban-inspired monochromatic lithographs in a career that spanned 50 years.

Louis Lozowick
Born10 December 1892
Ludvinivka, Kyiv Oblast or Province Ukraine, Russian Empire
Died9 September 1973
EducationKiev Art School, National Academy of Design (New York), Ohio State University
Known forPainting, Printmaking
Notable work
Pittsburgh (1922-1923), Detroit (Urban Geometry) (1925-1927)
MovementConstructivism, Precisionism, Art Deco
Spouse(s)Adele Turner

Career

Lozowick attended Kiev Art School from 1904-1906 before he immigrated to the USA, where he continued his studies at the National Academy of Design (New York) and Ohio State University. From 1919 to 1924 Lozowick lived and traveled throughout Europe, spending most of his time in Paris, Berlin and Moscow. In the mid-1920s he started making his first lithographs.

Tanks #1, 1929, lithograph
Lower Manhattan, 1936, lithograph

By 1926, when he joined the editorial board of the left-wing journal, New Masses, he was well-versed in current artistic developments in Europe, such as Constructivism and de Stijl. These hard-edged, linear styles, evident in a lithograph called "New York (Brooklyn Bridge)," suggest the possibility of an efficient reframing of the world, as did the political theories espoused in New Masses. A version of this lithograph was planned as a cover for New Masses that was never published.

Lozowick was highly interested in the development of the Russian avant-garde and even published a monograph on Russian Constructivism entitled Modern Russian Art.

In 1943 Lozowick moved to New Jersey where he continued to paint and make prints. The human condition remained a constant theme of his art, and an ongoing interest in nature appears more frequently in his later works.[citation needed]

Personal

Lozowick married Adele Turner in 1933 and moved a few years later to South Orange, New Jersey, where their son Lee Lozowick was born on November 18, 1943.[1]

See also

References

  1. Marquardt, Virginia H. (17 February 1997). Survivor from a Dead Age: The Memoirs of Louis Lozowick. Smithsonian Institution Press. pp. 274–275.

Bibliography

  • Associated American Artists. (1992). Louis Lozowick : a centennial exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints: December 2–31, 1992. New York: author.
  • Flint, J.A. (1982). The prints of Louis Lozowick : a catalogue raisonné. New York: Hudson Hills Press.
  • Harnsberger, R.S. (1992). Ten precisionist artists : annotated bibliographies [Art Reference Collection no. 14]. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • Marquardt, Virginia H. (Ed.) (1997). Survivor from a Dead Age: The Memoirs of Louis Lozowick. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.