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ABOUT THE ARTIST
"The art of Lois DiCosola becomes a unique window through which can be seen the magical visual poetry present in our environment. Each of her perceptions is a personal thumbprint, bringing biology and biography to our awareness- it is nature, properly seen, written with abstract configurations. A mind rich in sensitivity, highly original and intelligent, she is always sophisticated in her aesthetic decisions, use of color, dynamic brushwork, superb draftsmanship, and inventive handling of textural surfaces. Her ongoing series of self portraits, and portraits of others, while being expert in their physiognomic accuracy, are also remarkable for their projection of the unique temperaments of the personalities depicted. All this, together with a rare capacity for subtle and economic design, moves the artist to continue re- inventing elegant pictorial forms."
Saul Levine-- from "The Art of Lois diCosola"
Visiting the Brooklyn Museum's extraordinary collections became an important part of her early art education. Lois Bock, then a young art student, attended the fine art studio program at Prospect Heights, just across the street from the museum. Classes included life drawing, painting, graphic arts and book production, in an environment where, together with traditional art school techniques, freedom of imagination was encouraged. In 1951 she also attended art classes at the Museum of Modern Art on a scholarship grant. This extraordinary early fine art education also prepared her to work in the field of art publishing. In 1952 she won the Seventeen magazine It's All Yours International award for her illustration, which the art editor, Art Kane selected for publication in the June 1953 issue of Seventeen magazine. The same artwork went on to win the Art Directors Club award for Editorial art in the Art Directors Club Annual of Editorial Art and Design in 1954. She also received the Carnegie Fine Art Institute award in printmaking, and the Augustus Saint Gaudens Medal for fine draftsmanship. She graduated with a Fine Art diploma in January of 1953, beginning a professional artistic career at that interesting moment in the history of American art- mid twentieth century. She also holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree.

Painting, while at the same time drawing from the model, where from the very beginning one can see an understanding of the figure as shown through the use of a variety of materials- often as arresting as the drawings of the Renaissance masters. This early on, the artist produced a fine body of work, including the tempera, wax and ink abstraction, Emergence, created in 1951- this was actually at the pivotal moment when Harold Rosenberg coined the term "Action Painting." She spoke of this some years later with Willem De Kooning, who understood her dual approach completely;

"When Willem de Kooning and I met, we recognized in each other the same ancient formal passion for packing onto our own private cave walls- a panoply of personal archaeological finds, through the materiality of paint."

In the fall of 1959, she attended Richard Pousette-Dart's painting workshop at the New School-- where she began to paint on larger canvases. Plum, Pink Rain, Tan, Swingthings, Windows, Vineyard, Matador, Tokaido, and the Paintings for the Dutch Masters series are some of her early abstract paintings. Swingthings, Matador and Tokaido were shown at Guild Hall Museum in Easthampton in 1963, and selected for an award by Harold Rosenberg, Adolph Gottlieb and Larry Rivers. Three of the Paintings for the Dutch Masters were shown the following year at Guild Hall in the award exhibition; and from that show James Brooks invited her to be his chosen artist for "Artists Select" at Finch College Museum. Curators from the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, and Guggenheim Museum, among others, have selected Lois DiCosola's work for various exhibitions of note.

In the mid 1960s DiCosola traveled cross country, and into Mexico- where she began a series of geometric designs which resulted in the Aquarius combine paintings. She worked on these as a guest artist at the University of California at Berkeley- three of these paintings, Aquarius, Yellowjack and Apollo were installed in the pioneer feminist art exhibition, X12, in Manhattan, in January of 1970.

From her Chelsea Hotel studio and Studio X on 14th Street, also in 1970, DiCosola began the artist's book "Notes from the Hotel Chelsea," combining xerography with mixed media together with her poetry, a combination of media not yet seen. The book demonstrates DiCosola's gift for placement and for finding meaning through the juxtaposition of images. The Museum Drawings made awhile traveling in Europe, and in American museums are mindful of the artists early lighthearted sketches. The Artist and Herself, In Line, Beautiful Free Women, Mountain Woman, Asian Women, Hands, Cielo e Mar, and Self Portraits are some of her other books that are filled with wonderful drawings, collages and poetry. Several of her etchings and stone and plate lithographs were made at Pratt Graphics Center on Broadway, downtown in the early 1970s, and the Moonlight aquatint etchings with master printer, Donn Steward between 1977 and 1979. A print from this series was shown in curator, Judith Wolfe's "Prints from the Permanent Collection" exhibition at Guild Hall Museum in 1980.

Photography has always been an important part of her work. In 1971 she made a very perceptive series of photographic film portraits; her recent series of beautifully colored photographs is called, Life, Actually. Another picture, taken in the Museum of Modern Art garden, is written over with poetry, expressing feelings about 9/11 was exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art's "Life of the City" exhibition in 2002. The artist stated, "A few hours after the towers fell at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, I began the Towers and Variations paintings, brush drawings and photographs that represent the emotions I felt at this very dark time". Art historian and curator Simon Taylor found these works to be very powerful. The artist says,"that the Dialogues, the Pasqua series of heads and the Ancestors Portraits came out of a kind of tribal memory." About her portraits, Helen Harrison, the New York Times art critic, has written that they are, "reminiscent of the mysterious studies of Redon."

The Poem Paintings, a series of extraordinary calligraphic works are ongoing- these are fine paintings on paper, using bits from her own and other poets work. About the beautiful series called Vessels, the artist writes, "Vessels is a series of imagined pottery- from prehistory to now, and from every culture, honoring this ancient art form." Mysteries-Woman is a series of watercolor and ink figure paintings on rice paper that were painted during the 1980s. The Origins drawings are abstract works also made in the mid 1980s, as were the Cherry Tree ink paintings and the Vessels series. Most of her paintings and drawings have been made in her studio- the Waters and River drawings, March, May, October, Wildflowers, Birthday Roses, Florida Palm, Nature Studies, the Botanica drawings, Though some of the watercolor landscapes and oil pastels, like the very early Brooklyn Botanical Gardens watercolors of 1951, the Louse Point, Easthampton watercolors of 1966, and the Inisfada watercolors, as well as the Planting Fields oil pastels and Old Westbury watercolors were done outdoors. Cold Spring Harbor, Rosso, Winter Plum, Blues, Jade, Ashes, Beaches, Bay, Violetta, Sound, Breeze, Goldrush, August, Fall Blue, Threads, December, the Cantolena drawings and paintings, the Arctica paintings, Midnight Blues, Geologia, Evergreen, the Love and War drawings and the All Things Considered drawings are some of her works.

Lois DiCosola's biography is listed in "Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975, "the Who's Who publications, the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art, the Sophia Smith collection at Smith College, the Schlesinger library at Harvard, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts- Clara archives in Washington DC, the Guild Hall Museum archives in Easthampton, NewYork, the Italo Calvino Memorial Library archives in Torino, Italy, Saint Johns University Artists Books collection, among others. An artist of the second generation of Abstract Expressionists, her works are included in many public and private collections internationally.

Online archive;
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Portfolios; http://local-artists.org/users/lois-bock dicosola
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LOIS Di COSOLA
Born Lois Bock, Brooklyn, New York January 23, 1935
Telephone 516 822-5753
E-Mail loisdicosola@yahoo.com

Education
1950-53 Museum of Modern Art School, New York City, New York, scholarship,
and Prospect Heights High School, Brooklyn, New York- Fine Arts Diploma
1960 Attended New School, NYC-- Painting workshop with Richard Pousette-Dart
1966 Attended New York University-- Robert Rauschenberg�s Theatre workshop
1973-75 Pratt Graphics Center, NYC-- Printmaking workshop
1977-79 Donn Steward-- Master printer etching workshop
1985 Empire State College-Suny, Old Westbury, New York- Bachelor of Professional Studies

Awards, Grants

1951 MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York City, NY, Scholarship grant
1953 CARNEGIE INSTITUTE OF FINE ART, Pittsburgh, Pa., Award in Printmaking
1953 ROSENTHAL Award
1953 AUGUSTUS SAINT- GAUDENS Medal for fine draftsmanship
1953 SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, �It�s All Yours� International Competition-
First Prize in Editorial Art, Selected by Art Kane, art editor
1954 THE ART DIRECTOR�S CLUB Award, �33rd Annual National International
Exhibition of Advertising and Editorial Art and Design� Award in Editorial Art
1961 HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY, Hempstead, New York, �12th Annual Exhibition�-
First Prize- Medal in Watercolor, Selected by Jill Kornblee, Jason Seeley, Malcolm Preston
1963 GUILD HALL MUSEUM, Easthampton, NY, �63rd Annual Exhibition of Long Island Painters�-
Award in Painting and Drawing, Selected by Harold Rosenberg, Adolph Gottlieb, Larry Rivers
1963 MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Curator�s Award , First Prize in Professional Watercolor-
Selected by Victor D�Amico, at Friends Academy, Locust Valley, NY
1964 HECKSHER MUSEUM, Huntington, New York, �9th Annual Exhibition,� Award in Painting-
Selected by Daniel Robbins, Curator- Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY,
1964 GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM Curator�s Award, Two medals--in Painting and Drawing-
Selected by Daniel Robbins, Curator- Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
1964 WHITNEY MUSEUM Curator�s Award, Award in Painting-
Selected by Edward Bryant, Curator- Whitney Museum, New York City, NY
1964 FINCH COLLEGE MUSEUM, New York City, NY, � Artists Select�-
Selected by James Brooks, Curator- Elayne Varian

Biographical Publications

�FEMINISTS WHO CHANGED AMERICA,1963-1975�, University of Illinois press, 2007- editor, Barbara Love
INTERNATIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL CENTRE, Cambridge, England---Twentieth Century Award for Achievement
2000 Outstanding People of the Twentieth Century International Woman of the Year Dictionary of International Biography
MARQUIS WHO�S WHO-- Who�s Who in American Art Who�s Who in America Who�s Who in the World Who�s Who in the East The World�s Who�s Who of Women Who�s Who of American Women
Archives ---
Museum of Modern Art New York, -- permanent collection
Women in the Arts Museum, Washington DC --Clara- library archives
Smithsonian Library, Washington DC,-- archives of American Art
Library of Congress, Washington DC,-- Exit Art �Reactions� exhibition collection
Sophia Smith collection, Smith college, Northampton, Mass.,--�Feminists Who Changed America- 1963-1975�
Guild Hall Museum collection and archives, Easthampton, New York,-- permanent print collection
Brooklyn Museum,-- Elizabeth Sackler Feminist Center, Brooklyn, New York,-- archives, and online timeline X12
Italo Calvino Memorial Library archives, Torino, Italy
Ray Johnson ABAD archive, �Ray Johnson and A Book About Death�


Exhibitions complete list Lois Di Cosola biography page 2

1953 CARNEGIE INSTITUTE OF FINE ART, Pittsburgh, Pa.
1954 ASSOCIATED AMERICAN ARTISTS GALLERIES, New York City, NY.
�33rd Annual National International Exhibition of Advertising, Editorial Art and Design�
1961 CONTEMPORARY ARTS GALLERY, NYC, � Collectors of American Art�
1961 CAMINO GALLERY, 10th Street, NYC,� Invitational�
1961 AEGIS GALLERY, 10th Street. NYC, gallery member
1961 HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY, Walt Whitman Gallery, Hempstead, NY
�12th annual Long Island, Artists Exhibition�
1962 COUNTRY ART GALLERY, Locust Valley, NY
1963 GUILD GALLERY, Hempstead, NY, �Guild Gallery presents the Aegis and Guild Group�
1963 NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER, Long Island, NY
1963 GUILD HALL MUSEUM, East Hampton, �Long Island Painters Exhibition�,
1963 VILLAGE ART CENTER, NYC, �21st Annual Oil Competition�
1964 NEW YORK WORLD�S FAIR, Pavillion of Fine Art, Flushing, New York
�American Art Today�
1964-65 GREENWICH STREET GALLERY, Hempstead, New York, � New Paintings�
1964 GUILD HALL MUSEUM, East Hampton, New York, �Award Winners Exhibition�
1964 HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY, Emily Lowe Gallery, Hempstead, New York
�15th Annual Long Island Artists Exhibition�, Daniel Robbins, curator
1964 HECKSHER MUSEUM, Huntington, New York, �9th Annual Exhibition,�
Daniel Robbins, curator
1964 FINCH COLLEGE MUSEUM, New York City, �Artists Select,� Elayne Varian, Director
1964 MANHASSET ART ASSOCIATION, Manhasset, New York, �Anniversary Exhibition�
Edward Bryant, curator
1964 FRIENDS ACADEMY, Locust Valley, New York, Victor D�Amico, curator
1965 ADELPHI UNIVERSITY, Garden City, New York, �Painting Today�
1968 BROOKLYN COLLEGE, Brooklyn, New York, �Professional Artists Guild�
1968 LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, C.W. Post campus, Brookville, New York
�Works From The Permanent Collection.�
1968 NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE , Firehouse Gallery, Garden City, New York
� Professional Artists Guild Exhibition�
1969 NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH, New York City
1970 MUSEUM, New York City, �X to the 12th Power �
1970 MUSEUM, New York City, �Territory�
1973 WARREN BENEDEK GALLERY, Soho, New York City, NY
1974 PAULA COOPER GALLERY, Soho, New York City, NY
1974 PRATT GRAPHICS CENTER GALLERY, New York City, �Prints by Pratt Printmakers�
1975 PRATT GRAPHICS CENTER GALLERY, NYC, �Fifth Annual Miniature Print Exhibition�
traveling exhibition Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio Hallmark Cards Incorporated, Kansas City,Missouri
Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan State University College, New York Springfield Public Library,
Springfield, New Jersey University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. University of Wisconsin, Plattsville,
Wisconsin Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio Allegheny Community College, Cumberland,
Maryland Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1975-76 WASH ART, Washington, D.C., Veydras, Inc.
1977 ROSS GALLERY, New York City
1977 UNION CARBIDE, New York City, �Professional Artists Guild Exhibition�
1977 SUNSTORMFORBES GALLERY, Long Island, New York
1978 HECKSHER MUSEUM, Long Island, New York, �23rd Annual Exhibition�
1979 STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, Amelie Wallace Gallery, Old Westbury, New York
1979 HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY, Hempstead, New York, �Living Waters- New Paintings�
1979 WOMEN IN THE ARTS FOUNDATION, Soho, New York City, �Annual Exhibition�
1980 VEYDRAS GALLERY, New York City, Aldona Gobuzas, Director, � Concepts in Small Format�
1980 GUILD HALL MUSEUM, Easthampton, New York,
�Prints from the Permanent Collection�, Judith Wolfe, Curator
1980 TERRAIN GALLERY, New York City, �Big and Small�
1981 WUNSCH ART CENTER, Glen Cove, New York, �Best Graphics�
1981 TOWN HALL, Hempstead, New York and MANHASSET LIBRARY Gallery, Richard Rutner, Curator,


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1981 LOUISE HIMELFARB GALLERY, Watermill, New York, � Affordable Treasures�
1981 UNIVERSITY OF BRUSSELS, Belgium, � Are You Experienced�
1981 CULTURAL CENTER, Turnhout, Belgium, � World Atlas International�
1981 GUILD HALL MUSEUM, Easthampton, New York, �Eloise Spaeth Birthday Exhibition�
1982 VEYDRAS GALLERY, New York City, �The American Scene and Still Life, 1938-1982�
1982 GUILD HALL MUSEUM, Easthampton, New York, �Annual Exhibition�
1982 GOOD FRIEND GALLERY, Amagansett, New York, �Mostly Mood Realism�
1982 BRYANT LIBRARY GALLERY, Long Island, New York, �Portraits of Poets�
1982 PROVINCIAAL MUSEUM, Belgium, �Administration�
1982 VEYDRAS GALLERY, New York City, �Symbolist Imagery�
1982 GOOD FRIEND GALLERY, Amagansett, New York, �Form and Fantasy�
1982 SHADOW BOX GALLERY, Long Island, New York, �North Shore Artists Choices�
1982 GOOD FRIEND GALLERY, Amagansett, New York, �Beauty in Nature�
1983 CRAFTSFAIRE GALLERY, Westhampton, New York, �North Shore Choices�
1983 GARRICK STEPHENSON, Southampton, New York, �This Special Place�
1984 VEYDRAS GALLERY, New York City, �New Looks�
1984 VERED GALLERY, Easthampton, New York, �Fall Art Exhibition�
1984 MUSEUM HET TOREKE, Belgium, �Born to Survive�
1984 VEYDRAS GALLERY, New York City, �The Real and the Unreal�
1985 GALERIE ALDONNA, New York City, Aldona Gobuzas, Director
1985 WUNSCH ART CENTER, Glen Cove, New York, �Behind the Door�
1985 HEMPSTEAD HARBOR ARTISTS, Glen Cove, New York, �Folds of the Cloth�
1986 JACOB JAVITS FEDERAL PLAZA, New York City, �National Association of Women Artists�
1987 FORDHAM UNIVERSITY, Bronx, New York, �Song of the Bird�
1987 GALERIE ALDONNA, New York City
1989 CULTURAL CENTER, Genk, Belgium, �Mail Art, 20th Anniversary Exhibition�
1989 DISCOVERY GALLERY, Glen Cove, New York, �Innovations-Drawing�, J. Collischan, Curator
1989 BRYANT LIBRARY GALLERY, Roslyn, New York, �Blossoms�, Jeanne Paris, Curator
1989 NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Hempstead, New York, �National Drawing Association�
1989 ELAINE BENSON GALLERY, Bridgehampton, New York, �Body Conscious�
1989 FLORENCE UNIVERSITY, Florence, Italy
1990 LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, C.W. POST CAMPUS, Brookville, New York, �Figure 8�
1991 ELAINE BENSON GALLERY, Bridgehampton, NY, �Selections from the N�tl.Drawing Ass�n�
1991 LUBBOCK ART CENTER, Lubbock, Texas, �National Drawing Association Exhibition�
1991 CULTURAL CENTER OF HEUDSEN-ZOLDER, Belgium, �Portugal�
1992 AIR, Soho, New York, �Invitational�
1992 MARYLAND ART CENTER, Baltimore Maryland, �National Drawing Association Exhibition�
1992 CULTURAL CENTER OF HEUDSEN-ZOLDER, Belgium, �Building Plans and Schemes� 1993
CAVELLINIANI CENTER, Fabriano, Italy, �Donne, Streghe, Sibille�
1993 LIMOGES CENTER OF ART, Limoges, France, �Arthur Rimbaud Centenary Exhibition�
1993 MASHRABIA GALLERY, Cairo, Egypt, �Old is Gold �
1994 GALLERY 31, Glen Cove, New York, �Wondrous Color�
1994 MERIDIAN GALLERY, Sea Cliff, New York, �Inch by Inch�
1995 OMNI GALLERY, Uniondale, New York, �Selections from the National Drawing Association�
1996 THE ONE WORLD POSTAL ART SHOW, The Synogogue Space, New York City
1996 ELAINE BENSON GALLERY, Bridgehampton, New York, �Creatures�
1997 ABNEY GALLERY, Soho, New York City, �Selections from the National Drawing Association�
1998 LIBERA COMMUNICAZIONE, Antonio-Sassu-Torreglia, Italy
1998 PIAZZA DEL POPOLA, Arezzo, Italy, �The Future World-La Testa�
1998 DI LA DAL FIUME E TRA GLI ALBERI di ADA CHIGNOLI, Consecio Brescia, Italy
1999 THE LIVING ROOM, Santa Monica, California, �BeforeNow�, Barbara Drucker, Curator
1999 CASSA DI RISPARMIO DI PISTOIA E PESCIA S.P.A., �Millenium 2000�, Tuscany, Italy
1999 TANIAMARA PAGLIARI, Campi Salentina LE, Italy
2000 A.I.R. GALLERY, New York City, �y2k--Generations II�, Invitational
�A Survey of Women�s Art at the Millennium A Celebration of Women�s History�
2001 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, Macy Gallery, New York City, �Postcards for New York�
2001 INTERNATIONAL MAIL-ART EXHIBITION, Italy, �Women Underneath the Burqa�
2002 EXIT ART, New York City, �Reactions�
2002 THE NEW YORK ARTISTS CIRCLE, �The Unity Canvas Project


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2002 THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, �September 11th Project�, www.mcny.org, page 9
2002 THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York City, �Life of the City�
2002 INSTITUTO FERRINI, Verbania, Italy, �Cycle, recycle, tricycle�
2004-- AIR GALLERY, ongoing annual invitational, Chelsea, New York City, �Wish You Were Here�
2004 VIRIDIAN ARTISTS GALLERY, invitational, Chelsea, New York City, -invitational, �YW- Why War�
2004-05 VIRIDIAN ARTISTS GALLERY, invitational, Chelsea, New York City,- invitational, �YouUs�
2005 THE ART CENTRE OF HASSELT- Belgium, �Scents Locks Kisses�
2007 SIVIERA Association, LETTERA ALTURA, EAA, Instituto Cobianchi- Verbania, Italy, ��Literature,...�
2008 NINTH STREET GALLERY, Washington, D.C., Treasure Postcards,� Arts for Global Development�
2008 GRUPPO SINESTETICO, Antonio Sassu, Torreglia, Italy
2008 ARTENETWORK, Milan, Italy, Eraldo di Vita, �Going and Return�
2008 SEWALL BELMONT HOUSE AND MUSEUM, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., �Empowered by Artistry�
2008 ARTISTS SPACE, New York City, �Night of 1000 drawings�
2009 TOUCHSTONE GALLERY, Washington D.C., �Arts for Global Development�
2009 SIVIERA association, Biblioteca Civica- Italo Calvino, Turin, Italy, �The Others and I�
2010 MISTRETTA GALLERIES, Locust Valley, New York �Island To Island- artists benefit for Haiti�
Conceived by Lois Bock DiCosola, to fund Doctors Without Borders
2010 METROPOLITAN BISTRO, Seacliff, New York �Save The Gulf�, conceived by Megan Sirianni Brand
2010 HILLWOOD COMMONS, C.W Post �Ray Johnson- and A Book About Death� Ray Johnson ABAD archive
2017 JAMIE FORBES GALLERY- CENTER MORICHES, NEW YORK

Art for publication and media

1953 SEVENTEEN magazine, Editorial art for �It�s All Yours�, June, 1953-
Triangle Publications, NewYork City, Art Kane, editor
1954 SEVENTEEN magazine, Editorial art for �It�s All Yours�, Triangle Publications, New York,
1970 MAGAZINE, Museum, New York City, designer-production
1971 THE SESAME STREET BOOK OF PUZZLERS, Signet books, New York City
1970 McCALL�S Publishing, New York City, graphic artist
1973 TIME-LIFE BOOKS, New York city, �The Art of Sewing�, graphic artist
1979 PROCESS 6, poetry book, published by the Long Island Poetry Collective, poetry, book designer
1980 IMAGERIE, art and literature magazine for SUNY, Editor-designer-production
1980- SUNSTORM ARTS magazine, Publisher- Victor and Jamie Forbes, Editor, writer-- essays, reviews, art
2010 FINEART MAGAZINE, Spring 2010 issue, Editor, Victor Forbes, Publisher- Jamie Ellin Forbes
�Notes Along The Way�, Images and Text by Lois Bock DiCosola




Photography, Film, Performance, Theatre pieces

1959 JOHN CAGE -- happening--performance piece-- performed in televised event
1966-67 CRUCIFIXION-- written and directed by Lois DiCosola, performed at Robert Rauschenberg�s
studio theatre workshop, New York City ---photographs by Peter Moore
1969-73 MOVING PORTRAITS-- a series of film portraits by Lois DiCosola
NEW YORK CITY LIFE-- a series of films taken around New York City by Lois DiCosola
1970- BLIND JUSTICE and MOTHER EARTH IS POISONED-- a street theatre performance at the
Treasury Building, New York City--created by Silvianna Goldsmith, performed in
MAYDAY--- Photo-essay by Lois DiCosola, a documentary of the Artworker Coalition
demonstration in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
EXCAVATION-- a film by Taylor Mead , NYC, photographs by Lois DiCosola also performed in
THE PREGNANT NUN-- A film by Stella Waitzkin, New York City
some footage and photographs by Lois DiCosola, also performed in
SINISTER CAMBODIAN FOREBODINGS--A multi-media theatre piece,
created by Isamu Kawai, New York City, performed in
SINBAD-- a film by Jack Smith, filmed in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, performed in
JACK SMITH--THE PLASTER FOUNDATION-- Jack Smith theatre, Grand Street, New York City-
saturday night performances performed in - photographs of Smith by Lois DiCosola
Photography, Film, Theatre pieces continued Lois DiCosola biography page 5


1970 ALAN VEGA-- SUICIDE photographs-- by Lois DiCosola at Museum, a Project for Living Artists
1974 AL HANSEN-- at Charlotte Mormon and Nam June Paik�s Multi-Media art show at Grand Central Station
1973 LIBERATED LAUNDROMAT-- a film by Harry Smith, concept S. Waitzkin, performed in
1985 EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHS-- Munich--dachau, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Belgium
1988 FAMILY PHOTOS- ongoing photo essays
2000 NIAGARA FALLS-- photo essay
2002 LIFE OF THE CITY-- photograph with poetry-- Museum of Modern Art archives, New York
2005- SOLAGRAMS-- photo collages
2006- LIFE, ACTUALLY-- photographs made inside the Metropolitan Museum of art,, the Museum of Modern Art,
the Brooklyn Museum and other locations-- daily life, portraits, events, travel photography,
2010 ISLAND TO ISLAND-- artists benefit for Haiti-- conceived by Lois diCosola and sponsored by
The Mistretta Galleries, Locust Valley, New York


Bibliography

1953 SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, �We Know What We Like�, editorial profile by Art Kane, art editor, June issue
1954 SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, editorial profile by Art Kane, art editor, September issue
1954 ART DIRECTOR�S CLUB, � 33rd Annual of Advertising and Editorial Art and Design, catalogue, page 90
Published by Farrar, Strauss and Young--editor and designer, Bradbury Thompson
1961 NEWSDAY, �Art Show Set to Open at Hofstra Tomorrow�, Feb 13th edition
1962 COLLECTORS OF AMERICAN ART catalogue
LONG ISLAND PRESS �The Group� review
1963 ART NEWS �Award Winners At Guild Hall�
1964 LONG ISLAND PRESS �Can�t Quarrel With Jury�, award winners review
FINCH ...

Artist Publications



LOIS Di COSOLA
The art of Lois DiCosola becomes a unique window through which can be seen the magical visual poetry present in our environment. Each of her perceptions is a personal thumbprint, bringing biology and biography to our awareness-it is nature, properly seen, written with abstract configurations.
A mind rich in sensitivity, highly original and intelligent, she is always sophisticated in her aesthetic decisions, use of color, dynamic brushwork, superb draftsmanship, and inventive handling of textural surfaces- together with a rare capacity for subtle and economic design, she is moved to re- invent elegant pictorial forms.
Her portraits, while being expert in their physiognomic accuracy, are also remarkable for their projection of the unique temperaments of the personalities depicted. As well, her photographs and photo collages capture the mood and the motion of life- where each image becomes a meaningful homage to our world.
Saul Levine, from "The Art of Lois DiCosola"

LOIS Di COSOLA was born Lois Bock in Brooklyn, New York. She painted and drew from childhood on with a great passion, and nearing her fifteenth birthday, entered a professional art school, developing the skills that are central to the life of an artist, while also receiving a scholarship grant to the young people’s workshop at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan at the age of sixteen. Art Kane, then editor of Seventeen Magazine, selected her work to be the winner of the Seventeen magazine ‘It’s All Yours’ international competition in 1953, and in 1954 she received the 33rd Annual Art Director’s Club award in Editorial art for the same drawing. A graduate in Fine and Graphic Arts in January of 1953, she was already a published working artist in New York City, and the recipient of several national and international awards, including the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Medal for Fine Draftsmanship, and the Carnegie Fine Art Institute national printmaking award. She also holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree.

Early in her artistic career, Willem DeKooning expressed a great appreciation for her painting, and Harold Rosenberg, Adolph Gottlieb and Larry Rivers selected her paintings and drawings for special exhibitions at Guild Hall Museum in Easthampton in 1963 and 1964. She was also James Brooks’ selection for the Finch College Museum exhibition, ‘Artists Select‘, and has exhibited her work extensively over the years. Besides a great production of paintings and drawings, DiCosola has also made editions of etchings and lithographs at the Pratt Graphics Center and in the workshop of master printer Donn Steward, where she produced her Moonlight series of aquatint etchings. She has made unique artists books, is a fine photographer, and has made several short films- and is also known for her poetry, stories, and lucid writings on art. She has produced drawings for television- such as Sesame Street, and for publications like the Sesame Street Book of Puzzlers and Time Life books.

DiCosola was one of the twelve artists whose paintings were in the pioneer feminist exhibition, ‘X12’ in Manhattan, in January of 1970- her biography is listed in ‘Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975,’ and the Who’s Who publications. She is included in the Museum of Modern Art archives, the Museum of Women in the Arts archives in Washington D.C., the Guild Hall Museum permanent print collection and archives, Smithsonian archives, Sophia Smith collection, Smith College, the Italo Calvino memorial library archives, in Turin Italy, and in many other archives and collections internationally.

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