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Maker(s):Lozowick, Louis
Culture:American (1892-1973)
Date Made:1925-1927
Materials:Ink on ivory wove paper
Measurements:Mat: 22 in x 16 in; 55.9 cm x 40.6 cm; Sheet: 17 3/4 in x 11 11/16 in; 45.1 cm x 29.7 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: front, lwr. r. (graphite): Louis Lozowick
Accession Number:  UM 1971.16
Credit Line:Purchase with funds from a Fine Arts Council Grant
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Black diagrammatic shapes suggesting the inner-workings of a telephone system.

Label Text:
In this intricately composed drawing, pictorial tension is created by the organization of forms along the vertical and diagonal axis. Illusionistic space is simultaneously depicted and denied. This interplay may allude to the instantaneous transmission through space generated by a telephone. In its precise, clearly defined forms, Telephone stresses Lodowick’s belief that technology improves the quality of life. The composition suggests an exchange of ideas between Lodowick and the European Constructivists, particulary El Lissitsky, whom he met in Berlin in 1922. Although Lozowick was not able to sustain his technological optimism throughout the political and social upheavals on the 1930s and 1940s, machines and industry retained a primary role in his imagery.

tools; industries; machines; technology; shape

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