The Forgotten Women of Collage: Lil Picard (Pt. 2)

Lil Picard, “Burnt Ties” 1968

Machismo in reverse.  In the early ’60’s, Lil Picard had been using women’s cosmetics as primary materials in her collages and assemblages.  In 1968, she exhibited the burnt neckties at a show called “Destruction in Art.”

Critic Lucy Lippard wrote, ”   “In 1967, using (perhaps not coincidentally) her husband’s real silk neckties, Picard began to burn things.”  The ties were shown a few years later at Lajeski Gallery in New York with an added performance element:  Picard used matches and irons to singe gallery-goers’ neckties.

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The Forgotten Women of Collage: Lil Picard Pt. 1

Lil Picard, “Vin Ordinaries Chatel du Roy,” 1957 (Collage and oil on canvas)

A cabaret performer in Berlin before World War II.  An artist in New York scavenging the streets for collage materials in the 1940’s.  A journalist covering the art scene in New York in the fifties. A pioneering performance artist in early ’60’s  “happenings” (think Cafe a Go Go).  An habitue of Warhol’s factory who appeared in his films and wrote for Interview.

You’d think someone with this resume would be famous. But you’ve probably never heard of Lil Picard.  I know I hadn’t.

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