Celebrated for her deeply influential and interwoven work—as author, activist, and curator—Lucy R. Lippard is recognized as one of contemporary art’s most significant critics and as a founder of Conceptual art. Born in New York in 1937, Lippard began her career as a writer in 1962 and subsequently produced numerous groundbreaking exhibitions and books throughout the 1960s and ’70s; she was also a cofounder of the Art Workers Coalition, Printed Matter, and the Heresies journal, among other seminal organizations and publications. Over the decades she has received several awards and fellowships, in addition to an honorary doctorate from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Plucked from her twenty-one published books, her seminal tome Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972, an annotated record of Conceptualism’s rapid international growth, will be the subject of an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Organized by Catherine Morris and Vincent Bonin, the show is on view from September 14, 2012 to February 3, 2013 and will survey the impact of Lippard’s work alongside the rise of the women’s rights, civil rights, and antiwar movements.

Artforum.com visited Lippard at her summer home in Maine. Here she reflects on her life then and now, the Brooklyn Museum show, and her recent work about Galisteo, New Mexico—a small town where she has lived for nearly twenty years.


Lucy R. Lippard interviewed at her summer home in Maine.

— As told to Lauren O’Neill-Butler