Joyce Kozloff

1942 | Somerville, United States
Informations
Sponsor
— Joyce Kozloff

American painter.

Joyce Blumberg graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh in 1964 and from Columbia University in 1967, and married American photographer and art historian Max Kozloff (1933). While in Mexico in 1973, she came across pre-Columbian art. Fascinated by the repetition of decorative patterns and the near-total anonymity of the female creators of these works, she created a series of drawing influenced by their themes, which she transformed into large-format abstract paintings. This led her to create a style of painting that she called decorative, drawing her inspiration from traditional ornaments from Mexico, Morocco, Egypt, and Turkey. With painters Robert R. Zakanitch (1935) and Miriam Shapiro (1923-2015), as well as others, she formed the Pattern and Decoration movement founded on the beauty of patterns and their repetition, offering an alternative to the crisis of painting in the late 1960s. This attitude was in line with her feminist ideals: in 1977 she was one of the creators of the magazine Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics.

During the same period, she began to see her work in environmental terms, with, for example, An Interior Decorated (1978–1979), a personal anthropology of decorative arts drawn from Western and Eastern traditions, which brought together a tiled floor covered with stars and hexagons, glazed tile pilasters, silkscreen silk panels, and lithographs on rice paper. A number of commissions for public spaces followed, beginning with New England Decorative Arts (1979–1985) for the Harvard Square subway station in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With the multitude of techniques she used – mosaics, frescoes, lithography – J. Kozloff developed an art that went beyond traditional formats, freeing itself from the museum in order to reach a wider audience.

Read more

Fanny Drugeon

Translated from French by Jo Garden.

From the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices
© 2013 Des femmes – Antoinette Fouque
© Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions
Joyce Kozloff — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Joyce Kozloff, Installation in Claiming Space: the American Feminist Originators, Katzen Art Center, American U, Washington DC, 2007, silk hangings and ceramic tile pilasters, silkscreen, silk, glazed ceramic tiles, wood, © Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Joyce Kozloff, Around the World on the 44th parallel, 1994, glazed tiles, 122 x 518 cm, 48 x 204 in., Minnesota State University, Mankato, © Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Joyce Kozloff, Three Facades, 1973, acrylic on canvas, 198 x 152 cm, 78 x 60 in., © Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Joyce Kozloff, New England decorative Art, 1985, glazed tile, 244 x 2530 cm, 96 x 996 in., © Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Joyce Kozloff, Topkapi Pullman, 1985, glass mosaic, glazed title, 396 x 487 cm, 156 x 192 in., Suburban Station, Philadelphia, © Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Joyce Kozloff, Installation view Pasadena City of Roses, 1990, ceramic on wall, © Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Joyce Kozloff, Targets, inside, 2000, acrylic, canvas, wood, ⌀ : 274cm, ⌀ : 108 in., © Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Joyce Kozloff, Voyages + Targets, 2006, installation view Thetis, Venice, 2006, © Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Joyce Kozloff, Installation in Claiming Space: the American Feminist Originators, Katzen Art Center, American U, Washington DC, 2007, silk hangings and ceramic tile pilasters, silkscreen, silk, glazed ceramic tiles, wood, © Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Joyce Kozloff, Revolver, 2008, acrylic and collage on canvas, ⌀ : 244 cm, ⌀ : 96 in., © Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Joyce Kozloff, Art Girl, 2017, acrylic, collage, and found object on canvas, 165 x 137 x 16.50 cm, 65 x 54 x 6 1/2 in., © Joyce Kozloff

Artists
Discover other artists

Archives
of Women Artists
Research
& Exhibitions

Facebook - AWARE Twitter - AWARE Instagram - AWARE
110 boulevard Saint Germain 75006 Paris (France) — info[at]aware-art[.]org — +33 (0)1 55 26 90 29