Lee Lozano. Untitled. 1963

Lee Lozano Untitled 1963

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In this diptych, Lozano has made a utilitarian object monumental. Filling the canvases with thick gestural brushwork, she has imbued the head of a hammer with a lifelike quality, its head inclined and its tines flopped back like rabbit ears. Traditionally, paintings of this scale were reserved for lofty subjects: episodes from history, important personages, and other edifying imagery. In this painting—and in others, of wrenches, clamps, and screwdrivers—Lozano weds the mundane with the grand: the hammer's head clamps down as if determined to deal a blow to convention and construct anew.

Gallery label from What is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection, July 7–September 17, 2007.
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In this diptych Lozano has made a utilitarian object monumental. Filling the canvases with thick gestural brushwork, she has imbued a hammer with a lifelike quality, its head inclined and its tines flopped back like rabbit ears. Traditionally, paintings of this scale were reserved for lofty subjects: episodes from history, important personages, and other edifying

imagery. In this work—and in others, of wrenches, clamps, and screwdrivers—Lozano weds the mundane with the grand.

Gallery label from 2011.
Medium
Oil on canvas, two panels
Dimensions
7' 10" x 8' 4" (238.8 x 254 cm)
Credit
Gift of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder
Object number
26.2004.a-b
Copyright
© 2021 Estate of Lee Lozano
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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