Louis Lozowick (1892-1973) was a leading Precisionist artist, born in the Ukrainian town of Ludvinovka. He studied at the Kiev Art School from 1903 to 1906, before immigrating to the United States and returning to school in 1912 at the National Academy of Design. He continued his studies at Ohio State University, graduating in 1918, and subsequently entered into the Army Medical Corps, where he served until 1919. Upon his discharge, Lozowick spent five years abroad, traveling to Paris, Moscow, and Berlin.
Lozowick began exhibiting his Machine Ornament drawings and abstract paintings based upon American cities during this formative period, making his first lithograph in Berlin in 1923. He returned to New York in 1924, where he continued to explore lithography, and participated in organizing the 1927 Machine Age Exposition. He held his first solo exhibition of lithographs depicting primarily soaring urban and industrial scenes at the Weyhe Gallery in 1929. A prominent Precisionist, his drawings and paintings of the 1920s are directly influenced by Russian avant-garde artists, such as El Lissitzky. He championed the hard-edged, linear style of Constructivism, which rooted his shift to a more social realist sensibility seen in his work during the Great Depression.
During his time in New York, Lozowick lectured on modern Russian art for the Société Anonyme, took on various design commissions, and, in 1926, joined the executive board of the radical journal New Masses. He sat as secretary to the American Artists’ Congress and was an active member of the John Reed Club. He also held various artistic offices of the WPA from 1935-40. Under federal sponsorship, Lozowick was able to create prints in various media and paintings, including a pair of murals for a Manhattan post office in the late 1930s. Lozowick exhibited widely during his lifetime and even after his death, including at Brooklyn Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, High Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art and Smithsonian American Art Museum. His work is included in important collections, including Hirshhorn, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.
Lozowick moved to South Orange, New Jersey, in 1943 with his family, where he continued to teach, lecture, travel, and produce lithographs until his death in 1973.
Mary Ryan Gallery represents the estate of Louis Lozowick and has held major exhibitions featuring his work in 2004, 2001, 1999, and 1997. The bulk of his estate is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.