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Lucy R. Lippard

Lucy R. Lippard

American art curator
Lucy R. Lippard
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Intro American art curator
A.K.A. Lucy Lippard
Is Historian Art historian Writer Journalist
From United States of America
Type Arts Academia Journalism Literature Social science
Gender female
Birth 14 April 1937, New York City
Age 84 years
Residence Galisteo, New Orleans, Charlottesville
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Lucy Lippard (born 1937) is an internationally known writer, art critic, activist and curator from the United States. Lippard was among the first writers to recognize the "dematerialization" at work in conceptual art and was an early champion of feminist art. She is the author of 21 books on contemporary art and has received numerous awards and accolades from literary critics and art associations.

Life and work

Lucy Lippard was born in New York City and lived in New Orleans and Charlottesville, Virginia, before enrolling at Abbot Academy in 1952. After earning a B.A. degree from Smith College, she worked with the American Friends Service Committee in a Mexican village—her first experience of a foreign nation. In 1962 she earned an M.A. degree in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Since 1966, Lippard has published 20 books—including one novel—on feminism, art, politics and place. She has received numerous awards and accolades from literary critics and art associations. A 2012 exhibition on her seminal book, Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object at the Brooklyn Museum, titled "Six Years": Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art", cites Lippard's scholarship as its point of entry into a discussion about conceptual art during its era of emergence, demonstrating her crucial role in the contemporary understanding of this period of art production and criticism. Her research on the move toward Dematerialization in art making has formed a cornerstone of contemporary art scholarship and discourse. Lucy Lippard was a member of the populist political artist group known as the Art Workers Coalition, or AWC. Her involvement in the AWC as well as a trip she took to Argentina—such trips bolstered the political motivations of many feminists of the time—influenced a change in the focus of her criticism, from formalist subjects to more feministic ones.

Co-founder of Printed Matter, Inc (an art bookstore in New York City centered on artist's books), the Heresies Collective, Political Art Documentation/Distribution (PAD/D), Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America, and other artists' organizations, she has also curated over 50 exhibitions, done performances, comics, guerrilla theater, and edited several independent publications the latest of which is the decidedly local La Puente de Galisteo in her home community in Galisteo, New Mexico. She has infused aesthetics with politics, and disdained disinterestedness for ethical activism.


She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (1968), the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Criticism from the College Art Association (1975), and two National Endowment for the Arts grants in criticism. She has written art criticism for Art in America, The Village Voice, In These Times, and Z Magazine. In 2007 Lippard was awarded an honorary degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University), Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa. She was honored twice more by the College Art Association: in 2012 as the recipient of the Distinguished Feminist Award and in 2015 as the recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Los Angeles' Otis College of Art and Design in 2013.


  • Seattle World's Fair Pavilion, September 1969
  • Vancouver Art Gallery, 1970
  • Centro de Arte e Communicion, Buenos Aires, 1971
  • Valencia, CA, travelling throughout US and Europe, 1973-1974

Selected publications

  • On the beaten track: tourism, art and place. New York: New Press. 1999.
  • The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society. New York: New Press. 1998.
  • Mixed blessings: new art in a multicultural America. New York: Pantheon Books. 1990.
  • A different war: Vietnam in art. Bellingham, Wash: Whatcom Museum of History and Art. 1990.
  • Get the message?: a decade of art for social change. New York: E.P. Dutton. 1984
  • Overlay: contemporary art and the art of prehistory. New York: Pantheon Books. 1983
  • Eva Hesse. New York: New York University Press. 1976.
  • 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.
  • Changing: essays in art criticism. New York: Dutton. 1971.
  • Surrealists on art. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall. 1970.
  • Pop art. New York: Praeger. 1966.

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