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Jo Applin Wins $50,000 Mellor Prize for Research on Women Artists

The National Museum of Women in the Arts has announced the most recent recipient of the Suzanne and James Mellor Prize for distinguished scholarship on women artists. The winner of the fifty-thousand-dollar grant is Jo Applin, who has proposed the monograph Not Working: Lee Lozano Versus the Art World 1961–1971.

Applin is a senior lecturer in modern and contemporary art, currently on leave from the University of York as the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize. She is the author of two books, Eccentric Objects: Rethinking Sculpture in 1960s America (2012) and Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field (2012). She has contributed to Artforum, Map, Modernism/Modernity, Oxford Art Journal, Sculpture Journal, and the Times Literary Supplement.

Applin will look at how American artist Lee Lozano engaged with and ultimately rejected the notion of “work,” ceasing to work entirely and to drop out of the art world.

Each year, the award recognizes a project of scholarship “that disseminates the highest quality of groundbreaking research on women artists from any time period and country of origin,” in the museum’s words.