The Lure of the Local by Lucy R. Lippard
Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society

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In The Lure of the Local, Lucy R. Lippard, 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 senses of place. Expanding her reach far beyond the confines of the art world, she discusses community, land use, perceptions of nature, how we produce the landscape, and how the landscape affects our lives. In this extensively illustrated, beautifully produced volume, she consistently makes unexpected connections between contemporary art and its political, social, and cultural contexts.

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Lucy R. Lippard is a writer/curator/editor/lecturer/activist and the author of twenty-one books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, most recently Down Country: The Tano of the Galisteo Basin, 1250-1782 (Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2010) The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society (New York: New Press, 1997) and On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place (New York: New Press, 1999). she is a receipient of seven honorary degrees, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a Lannan grant, among other awards. Her most recent curatorial venture was Weather Report: Art and Climate Change (Boulder, CO: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007). She lives in rural Galisteo, New Mexico, where she is on the County Traditional Community Planning committee and for fifteen years has edited the monthly community newsletter, El Puente de Galisteo.
Published June 1, 1997 by New Press. 328 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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But on the whole Lippard's narrative is interesting and thoughtful, and her critiques are often delightfully acidic, especially when she deals with enervating planned suburbs and gated communities and the monstrosities that pass for public art today.

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""This book is not concerned with the history of nature and the landscape but with the historical narrative as it is written in the landscape or place by the people who live or lived there""--a very broad mission.

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