Lucy Lippard 1974: An Interview

1974 | 00:25:00 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: On Art and Artists, Interviews, Single Titles

Tags: Blumenthal/Horsfield Interviews, Feminism, Interview, Visual Art

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Lucy Lippard (b. 1937) earned degrees from Smith College and New York University before beginning her career as an art critic in 1962, when she began contributing to publications such as Art International and later, Artforum. In 1966, she organized an exhibition entitled Eccentric Abstraction at the Fischbach Gallery in New York City.  Eccentric Abstraction set the standard for what would later be regarded as postminimalism, process, or antiform art.  

In 1969 Lippard, a dedicated activist, helped found the Art Workers’ Coalition, a group seeking vast changes to the art world, including a restructuring of the policies of the Museum of Modern Art in favour of artists’ having a voice in the exhibition of their work, and a general improvement in artists’ living conditions. Lippard was also a founding member of the feminist journal Heresies (1977).  She has written numerous influential books of art history and criticism, including Pop Art (1966), Changing: Essays in Art Criticism (1971), and Six Years, the Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 (1973).

"It finally comes down to what you like, whether you're fond of such and such a color, if it reminds you of your mother's nightgown when you were three years old, or a hill that was behind your house," Lippard notes in this interview with Lyn Blumenthal.

A historical interview originally recorded in 1974 and re-edited in 2006 with support from the Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fund.