Friday, May 17, 2013
(Marquand Books, 2012)
Text by Jillian Hernandez, Amelia Jones, George Melrod,
Los Angeles-based conceptual artist (and CGU faculty member) Rachel Lachowicz is known for turning her acerbically witty eye on the decidedly male realm of modernism, and for making radical incursions into the art-historical canon by reconfiguring certain of its key works. A mid-career survey as well as comprehensive monograph, Rachel Lachowicz presents an overview of 20 years’ worth of art-making. Labeled a “lipstick feminist” by the art world—she once recast Yves Klein’s “Blue Venus” in cherry-red lipstick, and frequently uses cosmetics in her work—Lachowicz’s art falls under many headings: appropriationist, conceptual, feminist, postminimalist. Her work is always visually lush and often sexually provocative; through it, she explores the crisscrossing relations between identity and the politics of mark-making. With 116 images in color, Rachel Lachowicz includes texts by Jillian Hernandez, Amelia Jones, and George Melrod.