Synopses & Reviews
In The Lure of the Local Lucy R. Lippard weaves together cultural studies, history, geography, and contemporary art to provide a fascinating examination of our multiple senses of place.
Divided into five parts—Around Here; Manipulating Memory; Down to Earth: Land Use; The Last Frontiers: Cities and Suburbs; and Looking Around—the book extends far beyond the confines of the art worlds, including issues of community, land use, perceptions of nature, how we produce the landscape, and how the landscape affects our lives. Praised by critics and readers alike, she consistently makes unexpected connections between contemporary art and its political, social, and cultural contexts.
"Interesting and thoughtful. . . . Her critiques are often delightfully acidic. . . . A solid contribution to popular geography." —Kirkus Reviews
"Lippard has signaled the highest political hopes of art, from her early embrace of ’60s conceptual art to her ’70s support of feminism to her careful documentation in the ’80s of the art of America’s ethnic communities. . . . [The Lure of the Local] arrives at an auspicious time, as interest in community history is on the rise throughout the country. . . . An encyclopedic study of the art of community." —The Oregonian
"An excellent reference guide to recent and historical place-oriented art and activism." —Preservation
Weaving together cultural studies, history, geography and contemporary art, this text provides an exploration of our multiple senses of place. It discusses community, land use, perceptions of nature, how we produce the landscape and how the landscape affects our lives.
One of America's most influential art writers weaves together cultural studies, history, geography, and contemporary art to provide a fascinating exploration of our multiple sense of place. 175 illustrations.
About the Author
Lucy R. Lippard is an internationally known writer, activist, and curator. She has authored twenty-three books, has curated more than fifty major exhibitions, and holds nine honorary doctorates of fine arts. Her books include The Lure of the Local
, Partial Recall
, The Pink Glass Swan
, Mixed Blessings
, On the Beaten Track
, and Overlay
, all published by The New Press. Lippard is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the Carolyn Bancroft History Prize from the Denver Public Library and grants from Creative Capital and the Lannan Foundation. She lives in New Mexico.