San Francisco

Rachel Lachowicz

Patricia Sweetow Gallery

These days, the term “signature style” is often applied not only to brushwork, composition, and subject matter, but also to distinctive materials, which tend to become inextricably intertwined with the identity of the individual who uses them first or to most interesting effect. In the early ’90s, Los Angeles–based artist Rachel Lachowicz became known internationally for using red lipstick to create parodic appropriations of famous works by male artists—remaking, among others, Michelangelo’s David, a Carl Andre floor piece, and a group of Richard Serra’s leaning slabs. Lachowicz also made use of face powder and eye shadow, but lipstick and appropriation were her signature material and method.

As the decade came to a close, Lachowicz began to build images out of arrangements of small tins designed to hold cosmetics, ultimately also producing her own versions of said tins. Combining various

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