Untitled (Lipstick Urinals)

Untitled (Lipstick Urinals)

Rachel Lachowicz, American, 1964-
Born: San Francisco, CA
Work Locations: Los Angeles, CA
United States
Lipstick, wax, and hydrocal
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum

Rachel Lachowicz (American, born 1964 in San Francisco. Lives and works in Los Angeles)
Untitled (Lipstick Urinals), 1992
A/P, Edition of 5
Lipstick, wax, and hydro cal
15 1/2 x 9 x 6 1/2in. (single object dimension)
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2001.772.1-3. © Rachel Lachowicz

height: 15 in, 38.1000 cm; width: 9 in, 22.8600 cm; depth: 6 in, 15.2400 cm
A/P, Edition of 5
Modern and Contemporary Art
Modern and Contemporary Art

Rachel Lachowicz is known for her witty take on the male-dominated world of modernism and is considered a feminist, a minimalist, post-modernist, and a conceptualist.  Her work is a study of recontextualizing canonical works of art by famous male artists using unorthodox materials such as eye shadow, face powder, and lipstick for her sculptures.

In Untitled (Lipstick Urinals), Lachowicz explores social constructions of gender by juxtaposing the feminine associations of color and lipstick with the appropriation of Marcel Duchamp’s overtly masculine and seminal readymade, Fountain (1917). Here Lachowicz casts three miniature urinals created from bright red lipstick. The result is a complex riddle of femininity versus masculinity mixed with a satirical yet reverential salute to the history of art.


© Rachel Lachowicz

Exhibition History
  • "Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Art"—Denver Art Museum, 11/16/2002 - 08/03/2003
  • "Focus: The Figure"—Denver Art Museum, 08/09/2008 - 02/2011
  • “Disruption: Works from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection” — Denver Art Museum, 1/13/2022