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Louis Lozowick

1892-1973

Louis Lozowick was a Ukrainian-American Precisionist artist. He attended Kiev Art School (1904-1906) before immigrating to the United States in 1906, where he worked at factories to pay for his education at the National Academy of Design (1912-1915) and Ohio State University (1915-1918). After a brief stint in the military following graduation, Lozowick set off to Europe. He spent much of his time in Berlin, Paris and Moscow, where he fell in with a group of Russian avant-garde artists, including El Lissitzky. Lozowick produced his first lithograph in 1923, while living in Berlin.

Returning the U.S. in 1924, Lozowick joined the executive board of the radical magazine New Masses, had had his first solo print exhibition at Weyhe Gallery in 1929. He lectured for the Societe Anonyme, and had his drawings shown at their 1926 exhibition.  

In the 1930s, Lozowick served as the secretary of the American Artists Congress and held various titles within the Works Progress Administration (WPA). He painted several murals under the sponsorship of the WPA, two of which can still be found at the James Farley Post Office in Midtown Manhattan.

While Lozowick’s work encompasses a broad spectrum of genres, he is best regarded for his cityscapes. His work was exhibited extensively both during and after his lifetime.

His work can be found in the collections of many major institutions, including the Whitney Museum, N.Y.; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., Carnegie Museum of Art, PA; Rhode Island School of Design, RI; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA.

 

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