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Brooklyn Museum Readies Lucy Lippard Exhibition

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Lucy Lippard at the Brooklyn Museum. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan Company)

Here’s just about the most exciting news we’ve heard in a long time. The Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is organizing an exhibition devoted to writer and curator Lucy Lippard’s involvement in the development of conceptual art in the 1960s and ’70s.

The exhibition, which runs at the museum from Sept. 14, 2012, through Jan. 20, 2013, is titled “Materializing ‘Six Years’: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art, referring to Ms. Lippard’s seminal history of conceptual art and the dematerialization of the art object, Six Years. That book’s full title, the museum’s new release knows, is as follows:

Six Years: The dematerialization of the art object from 1966 to 1972: a cross-reference book of information on some esthetic boundaries; consisting of a bibliography into which are inserted a fragmented text, art works, documents, interviews, and symposia, arranged chronologically and focused on so-called conceptual or information or idea art with mentions of such vaguely designated areas as minimal, anti-form, systems, earth, or process art, occurring now in the Americas, Europe, England, Australia and Asia (with occasional political overtones)

The show will include some 270 artworks and will, like Ms. Lippard’s book, be presented chronologically, with contributions from artists like Art & Language, Daniel Buren, Hans Haacke, Richard Serra and dozens more. Ms. Lippard has written about contemporary art for about a half century and recently picked up one of the Sackler Center’s “First” awards. She has also been active as a curator—she curated a number of shows titled after the populations of cities around 1970 (“955,000″ in Vancouver, etc.).

The show is organized by Sackler Center curator Catherine Morris and independent curator Vincent Bonin, and will travel to two additional venues.

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