Backyards of Broadway

Louis Lozowick

Backyards of Broadway

1926

Lithograph

14 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches

10

Keith Sheridan, LLC

Myrtle Beach, SC

843.427.4934

$5,500 - $12,000

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A superb impression, on BFK Rives off-white, wove paper, with full margins (11/16 to 1 1/8 inches, with deckle all around), in excellent condition. Printing is attributed to Ben Shahn. Scarce.

A view from Broadway looking toward the Hudson River piers, NYC.

Born in Russia in 1892, Lozowick came to this country at the age of 14 to join his brother in New York City. By 1919 he had attended art school, finished college, served in the army, and traveled throughout the United States visiting major cities which would later become subjects of his work. From 1919 to 1924 Lozowick lived and traveled throughout Europe, staying in Paris, Berlin, and Moscow. In 1920 he began his Machine Age drawings, the ‘Machine Ornament’ series and three years later he made his first print. 

Having assimilated European Constructivist and Cubist theories, and the Bauhaus manifesto promoting the integration of applied and fine art, Lozowick was inspired to present the rapidly growing New York City skyline with its monumental skyscrapers as modern symbols of optimism. Like many other Depression-era artists, he identified closely with the common worker and valued the consummate craft and workmanship dictated by the printmaking process. His versatility and range of interests were exemplified by his stage sets for the 1926 production of Georg Kaiser’s play “Gas,” the first Constructivist production seen in America. A year later, his images and essay were centerpieces in the pivotal 1927 Machine Age Exposition in New York.