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Mina (Gertrude) Loy

 (1882 - 1966)
Mina (Gertrude) Loy was active/lived in New York, Colorado / Europe.  Mina Loy is known for painting, drawing, lampshade photographs and decoration.

Mina (Gertrude) Loy

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The British-born Loy was a regular at Gertrude Stein’s salons in Paris, and dabbled in Futurism while living in Florence before moving to New York in 1916. When she arrived in the States, she was already known in literary circles, not only for her 1914 “Feminist Manifesto,” in which she called on women everywhere to break with social conventions and live sexually liberated lives, but for her poetry, whose praises were sung by T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.

Fashionable, frisky, and brainy, she fit right in with the happening bohemian scene that Duchamp belonged to. Her shockingly frank poetry—erotic, personal, and uninhibited when it came to bodily functions—appeared in vanguard literary magazines like The Blind Man, Others, and Rogue, but Loy also painted, drew, acted, and had an unusual affinity for lampshades. She depicted them, dressed as one at a costume ball, and later started a business selling them in Paris, backed by Peggy Guggenheim.

"Mina Loy-The Women of Dada, from Hannah Hoch to Beatrice Wood," by Meredith Mendelsohn, August 14, 2017, Artsy Editorial

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About  Mina (Gertrude) Loy

Born:  1882 - London, England
Died:   1966 - Aspen, Colorado
Known for:  painting, drawing, lampshade photographs and decoration