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Lucy Lippard

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Interview with Lucy Lippard, 1987

First gaining notoriety as a chronicler of the Postminimal and Conceptual art movements, Lucy Lippard (b. 1937) has curated and written art criticism since the early 1960s. After publishing the book-length, chronological bibliography Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object in 1973, Lippard narrowed her focus more specifically to art by women. From the Center: Feminist Essays on Women’s Art (1976) collects much of her work from the early 1970s; The Pink Glass Swan: Selected Essays on Feminist Art (1995) is a more recent anthology. She has also published monographs on specific artists, such as Judy Chicago and Eva Hesse.

In her work as a curator, Lippard has pushed the boundaries of the exhibition space, presenting innovatively irregular sculptures in Eccentric Abstraction(1966) and obviating the need for a physical space altogether in 955,000 (1970). In recent years, Lippard has continued to support feminist art and has also turned her attention to issues of climate and place.

Further Reading

Lippard, Lucy R. The Pink Glass Swan: Selected Essays on Feminist Art. New York: New Press, 1995.

———. Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America. New York: Pantheon Books, 1990.

———. From the Center: Feminist Essays on Women's Art. New York: Dutton, 1976.

———. Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972; A Cross-Reference Book of Information on Some Esthetic Boundaries .... New York: Praeger, 1973.

Robins, Corinne, Griselda Pollock, Meaghan Morris, Freida High, and Stephanie Cash. "Rebuilding Practices of Criticism." In Feminism - Art - Theory: An Anthology 1968-2000, edited by Hilary Robinson, 198-244. Oxford, UK; Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 2001.