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Instead of a Memoir
Colorfully written and illustrated memoir of the activist art writer Lucy Lippard Stuff: Instead of a Memoir is a short, abundantly illustrated autobiography of the American art writer, activist, and sometime curator Lucy R. Lippard. Describing tchotchkes, photographs, and art in her unpretentious New Mexico home, the author informally narrates key events and relationships in her 86-year-long, highly creative life, starting with her family roots and her childhood in New York, Louisiana, Virginia, and Maine. Through anecdotal and often humorous memories, we follow the author through her youth, adulthood, relationships, and her thirty-five years in New York City, where she organized dozens of exhibitions, authored hundreds of articles, and co-founded Heresies: A Feminist Journal of Art and Politics, the artist's-book center Printed Matter, and activist artists group PAD/D. Lippard touches on the roles she played in Conceptual Art and the Feminist Art movement in the 1960s through the 1980s. Her accounts of more recent years focus on the art, landscape, culture, and communities of the American Southwest, where she moved in the early 1990s. This "anti-memoir" also mentions Lippard's twenty-five books, but few of her many honors.
Lucy R. Lippard is a contemporary art historian, curator, writer, and activist. As a critic, Lippard is best known for her study of conceptual art in Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 and for her writing on feminist art and politically engaged art. She has published more than twenty books, organized some fifty exhibitions, authored numerous articles, and co-founded Heresies: A Journal of Art and Politics, as well as the artist's-book store, Printed Matter. She has helped form numerous political and cultural groups, including the Ad Hoc Women's Art Committee and the Art Workers Coalition. She played a key role in the development of Conceptual Art in New York in the 1960s and 1970s and in the Feminist Art movement. In more recent years she has focused her work on the landscape, culture, and art of the American Southwest, where she moved in the 1990s. Her many honors include the Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award.
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