Louis Lozowick (1892-1973)
Untitled, circa 1923-24
Oil on artist's board, 18 x 14 3/4 inches
Signed verso: "Louis Lozowick"
Louis Lozowick was born in Ludvinovka, Ukraine, and was the only American to have direct contact with Russian Constructivists. Lozowick moved to Kiev in 1903 and studied at the Kiev Art Institute until 1905; one year later, he left Russia for the United States, where he would reside until 1922. Lozowick moved to Berlin early in 1922 and returned to the United States in 1924. During the 1920s, Lozowick pursued a varied and fascinating career as a writer, printmaker, illustrator, painter, and set designer. His set designs, based on Constructivist ideas, were among the most innovative of the day.
During Lozowick's Berlin sojourn, he fully immersed himself in German culture, actively reading local newspapers, magazines, and German literature. He frequented Berlin bookstores, theaters, and cabarets, and became an integral member of artistic circles which included artists such as Lázszló Maholy-Nagy and El Lissitzky.
Lozowick exhibited his work in Berlin and had his first one-person shows at the K. E. Twardy Book Shop on Potsdamer Strasse in late 1922 and then at the Gallerie Alfred Heller in 1923. In the summer of 1922, Lozowick made a brief trip to Russia where he met the artists Malevich, Tatlin, Al'tman, Shterenberg, and Puni - thus further expanding his international circle of contacts and friendships. When he returned from Moscow to Berlin, his forms grew more hard-edged as he became attracted to Precisionist designs, focusing on machine environments and cityscapes. In 1923 he was back in Berlin, before returning to the United States in 1924.
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