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The Industrial Art of Louis Lozowick

The artist who immortalized the Diesel Era in powerful lithographs:

Louis Lozowick (1892-1973) was born in Ludvinovka, Russian Empire, and studied at the Kiev Art School. He came to New York in 1906 and studied at the National Academy of Design with Leon Kroll and Emil Carlsen. Lozowick graduated from Ohio State University in 1918 and then went to Europe. While there he studied in Paris and Berlin and was influenced by the Constructivists, De Stijl and Bauhaus philosophies.

He served on the editorial board of the New Masses and was active as a lecturer and writer.

He was in the graphics division of the New York City WPA from 1934 to 1940 and was a member of the American Printmakers as well as the American Society of Printers, Sculptors and Gravers.

A Mural Study for the WPA: Lower Manhattan (1936)

His work was included in the AIGA 50 Prints of the Years in 1932, 33 and 34. Lozowick’s lithographic work featured his interest in the repetitious form of windows, pipes, towers, tanks and smokestacks of the factories, skyscrapers and bridges of New Jersey and New York.

Hudson Bridge (1929)

There are 281 works of Louis Lozowick at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Here, I want to highlight the industrial theme in his art.

Crane (1928)

High Voltage (1929)

Blast Furnaces (1929)

Tanks #2 (1929)

Steam Shovel (1930)

Construction #2 (1930) / Mid-Air (1931)

Subway Construction (1929)

Radio City (1932)

Into the Canyon (1932) / Above the City (1932)

Granaries to Babylon (1933)

Train and Factory (1933) / Spanning the Hudson (1936)

Open Mine (1937)

Through Brooklyn Bridge Cables (1938)

Wood (1943)

Oil (1943)

Production (1944)

Transportation (1944)

Text: Dr. Leslie Project

Headline photo: a portrait of Louis Lozowick by Ralph Steiner, 1930

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Comment by lord_k on January 10, 2012 at 2:21am

But true, Larry!

Comment by Larry on January 9, 2012 at 8:13pm

Fantastic, Lord K!

Comment by Dieter Marquardt on January 9, 2012 at 3:43pm
Thanks for the link, Lord k!
Comment by lord_k on January 9, 2012 at 2:32pm
Comment by Dieter Marquardt on January 9, 2012 at 11:55am

Have to immediately think of El Lissitzky. Has there been a connection/co-operation between the two?

Comment by lord_k on January 9, 2012 at 10:06am

To lojzo:

but now you've heard. Ironically, I had a scan of one of his lithographs on my hard drive for about four years. Liked it a lot but never cared to inquire about the author. And only a month ago stumbled upon his archive at Smithsonian. So, thanks for sharing my surprise. 

Comment by lojzo on January 9, 2012 at 8:41am

Very interesting!

And I had never heard about him yet... :-/

Comment by Cap'n Tony on January 9, 2012 at 8:18am

Incredible stuff!

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