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Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 [Paperback]

Lucy R Lippard
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7 April 1997
In Six Years Lucy R. Lippard documents the chaotic network of ideas that has been labeled conceptual art. The book is arranged as an annotated chronology into which is woven a rich collection of original documents--including texts by and taped discussions among and with the artists involved and by Lippard, who has also provided a new preface for this edition. The result is a book with the character of a lively contemporary forum that offers an invaluable record of the thinking of the artists--a historical survey and essential reference book for the period.

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (7 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520210131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520210134
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 17.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A marvelous book. . . . Nothing short of a reading of the whole can provide even a faint suggestion of its liveliness or the range of ideas it covers."--Alfred Frankenstein, "ARTnews

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Lucy R. Lippard is a writer, activist, and curator, and the author of 17 books including Eva Hesse, Overlay: Contemporary Art & the Art of Prehistory, Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America, The Pink Glass Swan, and The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This book proved an interesting and useful insight into the developments in art in the late sixties. A good interpretation of the changing values of 'new' sculpture, emerging with minimalism, land art, and conceptual art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific 28 April 2012
By MCrowe
I hope you'll ignore the negative reviews of this wonderful book. It's full of hundreds of the most thought provoking, startling, original, (intentionally) hilarious, inspiring ideas I have ever read. Get it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars NEEDS MATERIALISING. 9 Jan 2014
By Joseph
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The book is one of the most intriguing of its time, looking at 6 Years, begs viewing Lippard as artist and not curator. The book however is merely a complex listing of happenings from 1966 to 1972 and although a certain amount of knowledge is obvious, often the information given, scratches the surface of its content and leaves the reader wanting more. A project called Materialising Six Years, which took place fairly recently, made it, it's mission to literally materialise everything Lippard had listed, enlightening the reader, by allowing them to see things which have been merely written and read full examples of texts which have just been mentioned. The books are inseparable, Materialising Six Years, relies heavily on the clever organisation of its predecessor and without which is hard to navigate. As a duo, the books prove exceptionally interesting reading and are crucial research material for anyone interested in that period of art, minimalism, post-minimalism, abstraction, conceptual art, performance art ect. This book proves an invaluable research tool and is all the more so if both books are bought and used together.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Present that hasn't been read yet 11 Sep 2013
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I bought this as a present for someone who is an artist and teaches art. She hasn't read it yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important contibution to modernist aesthetics. 15 Jan 1999
By David F. Place - Published on Amazon.com
I first read this book about twenty years ago. I am glad to see that there is a new edition. It had a major impact on my development as an artist. The author discusses the trend called "conceptual art" which flowered in the time period mentioned in the title (late 60's through early 70's). These artists rejected the craft of art and the creation of objects themselves seeking instead something more fundamental. Ms. Lippard calls this "resonance" and uses descriptions of various pieces to explore this concept. Though "conceptual art" has long since passed by, the analysis in this book is still current and applies more than ever in our "post-modernist" period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As time goes by 14 May 2007
By Akiko Jones - Published on Amazon.com
I lived through this era and my original 1972 copy is well used and full of loose pages. If you want to find out how the tracking of turtles is art, or how Lawrence Weiner came to write phrases on walls as his art work or simply how the synergy of people working with ideas about process as an artmaking technique came to rule this is an valuable piece of first hand reporting. Looking to explain Sol Le Witt to my college students on his recent death this book gave me samples of his interactive drawings they could try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for anyone wanting to understand Conceptual Art 1 April 2014
By Louise L Giliberti - Published on Amazon.com
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Lucy Lippard is an iconic celebrity whose insight into Contemporary Art is invaluable. This book documents first hand the early period of Conceptual Art as she herself lived it.
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