Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lucy Lippard's 557,087

This exhibition by the artist and curator Lucy Lippard is a really interesting example of using the organizational conventions of libraries and museums to create a collection and shows a link between the roles of curators, artists, and collectors. The entire show consisted of index cards from a card catalog that Lippard compiled with famous artists.

Museum language is used in a fine art context here while Lippard steps into the role of artist and curator through the act of "collecting" other artists, anecdotes, and concepts on the cards. I stumbled upon this while reading Paul O'Neill's book The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s) in which O'Neill mentions a great point about Lippard's collection that Peter Plagens made:

" Lippard's curatorial hand in the exhibited work resulted in a 'total style to the show, a style so pervasive as to suggest that Lucy Lippard is in fact the artist and that her medium is other artists.'"

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