Private Book 5
Karma, New York, 2018
198 pages, spiral-bound paperback
5 × 3 inches
Edition of 2,500
This is the fifth volume in Karma’s 11-volume facsimile printing of Lee Lozano’s “Private Book” project. It is primarily a calendar of Lozano’s personal, artistic and chemical interactions in 1969-1970. A prolific writer and documenter of both her art and her relationships, the public and private, the painter Lee Lozano (1930–99) kept a series of personal journals from 1968 to 1970 while living in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. In 1972 she rigorously edited these books, thus completing the project. Eleven of these private books survive, containing notes on her work, detailed interactions with artist friends and commentary on the alienations of gender politics, as well as philosophical queries into art’s role in society and humorous asides from daily life.