**Very necessary reprint of the enigmatic Lee Lozano masterwork** Transiting Pop art, Feminist Expressionism, Conceptualism and Minimalism, Lee Lozano (1930-1999) sits alongside Eva Hesse and Hannah Wilke as a radical and influential model for younger generations of female artists. Lozano's notebooks, which she approached as drawings, and which were later dismantled and sold as individual pages, became a part of her artmaking at the height of her fame in the late 1960s. Reproduced here for the first time, as an affordably-priced facsimile reprint, the three notebooks collected here, which were kept between 1967-1970, contain sketches for her Wave paintings, writings about the trajectory of her artistic process and the language pieces that she became famous for prior to her withdrawal from the art world. They thus constitute the fullest and richest document on an artist whose relevance and profile have recently seen a steady ascent.
Lee Lozano (1930-1999) was an enigmatic artist making a diverse body of drawings, paintings and conceptual works. While prolific, her production was limited to her time in New York from the early 1960s to the early 1970s. She was very actively engaged with other artists in New York until she decided to leave the artworld in 1972. Therefore much of her work has been difficult for the public to access until recently, when a few international museums staged surveys of her work. From the time of her boycott until her death, Lozano was an artist working conceptually but no longer participated actively in the commercial art world.
The pages of the notebooks contain notes and sketches related to her abstract paintings and also contain her texts, which were known as Language Pieces. The notes for the paintings and the Language Pieces in the notebooks reveal her desire to live and create art within a structured system. The individual pages of her notebooks were considered drawings, sometimes exhibited, and separated. Twenty years ago, Lozano's notebooks were photocopied and it is that record which serves as the basis for this book making Lozano's process and small graphic works, and their context, widely available for the first time.