Lee Lozano

Moderna Museet

The slogans for Moderna Museet’s recent Lee Lozano retrospective were bold and beautiful: EAT COCK FOR MENTAL HEALTH graced posters in Stockholm as well as souvenir tote bags. Another version of the motto substituted “cunt” for “cock”; the phrase was lifted from Lozano’s salacious early drawings of the 1960s. Both were modified as ads, suggestively featuring a pink dot over the “oc” and the “un.” SEE EVERYTHING AT THE MODERNA MUSEET, they suggested.

As this was the largest overview of Lozano’s oeuvre to date, with more than two hundred works, there was plenty to see, with some of the pieces being shown for the first time. That the exhibition was organized in Sweden was somehow appropriate, as the country was a beacon of sexual enlightenment in the ’60s and ’70s. Lozano’s “mystery” was deeply emphasized in the exhibition and catalogue––she is known, if at all, for her mythic and extreme

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