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  • “Solitaire: Lee Lozano, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Joan Semmel”

    Wexner Center for the Arts
    The Ohio State University 1871 North High Street
    February 2 - April 13

    Curated by Helen Molesworth

    The Pandora’s box of painting continues to let loose spirits from the 1960s and ’70s, changing the way we think about our recent past. Helen Molesworth, formerly chief curator at the Wexner and now at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, looks in depth at three artists with specific relationships to feminism, figurative painting, and their own selves. From our vantage point, the communal ethos of a long-ago art world tantalizes. But the late Lee Lozano often stood apart from her surroundings, as Sylvia Plimack Mangold and Joan Semmel continue to do—an autonomy that the curator emphasizes by installing the show’s fifty-one works as three small, discrete retrospectives. I look forward to the connections as much as to the differences that seeing the three alone together will reveal. The accompanying publication contains essays by Molesworth and art historians Johanna Burton and Richard Meyer.