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Louis Lozowick

Corner of Steel Plant

1929

Artist

Louis Lozowick (1892-1973)

Title

Corner of Steel Plant

Date

1929

Medium

Lithograph

Dimensions

Sheet: 13 5/16 × 9 3/8 in. (33.8 × 23.8 cm) Image: 11 7/16 × 7 13/16 in. (29.1 × 19.8 cm)

Edition information

Edition of 25

Publication information

Printed by George C. Miller

Credit line

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from The Lauder Foundation, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Fund

Accession number

96.68.202

Object Label

Louis Lozowick’s lithograph Corner of Steel Plant is a tribute to industrial efficiency. For the artist, there was beauty in what might be considered an unromantic subject: the cylinder of a tank set above a corner of the rectilinear grid of a factory, the whole composition unified by a counterpoint of tubular pipes and duct work. Lozowick’s inspiration to represent the urban American environment came to him while living abroad in the early 1920s. Impressed by the order, precision, and rationality of European avant-garde art movements such as Constructivism, the Bauhaus, and de Stijl, he assimilated some of their ideas, developing his own machine age aesthetic upon returning to the States. The mechanical quality of his preferred technique, lithography, dovetailed perfectly with his industrial subject matter and technological optimism, and he praised “the range of tone which it makes accessible to the artist—from the softest, most delicate grays to the deepest, richest blacks, which are given a specific, textural quality by the surface of the stone.”

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