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10 December 1892|
Ludvinivka, Kyiv Oblast or Province Ukraine, Russian Empire
9 September 1973|
New Jersey, USA
|Education||Kiev Art School, National Academy of Design (New York), Ohio State University|
|Known for||Painting, Printmaking|
|Notable work||Pittsburgh (1922-1923), Detroit (Urban Geometry) (1925-1927)|
|Movement||Constructivism, Precisionism, Art Deco|
Louis Lozowick (December 10, 1892 – September 9, 1973) (ukr: Луї Лозовик) was an 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Marquardt, Virginia H. (17 February 1997). Survivor from a Dead Age: The Memoirs of Louis Lozowick. Smithsonian Institution Press. pp. 274–275.
- 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.
- Louis Lozowick (Russian/American, 1892-1973) on artnet
- Examples of Lozowick's work
- Columbus Museum of Art Web page on Lozowick's 1936 lithograph Lynching (click on picture for larger image)
- Louis Lozowick Papers At the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art
- Comrades in Art: Louis Kozowick