Published in the United States by Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto.
Small portions of this book have appeared in articles written over the last decade, primarily the following: ‘·Quite Contrary: Body, Nature and Ritual in Women’s Art” (Chrysalis, no. 2, 1977); “Body. House. City, Civilization, Journey” (Dwellings, institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1978); “Complexes: Architectural Sculpture in Nature” (Art in America, Jan.-Feb. 1979); “Back Again,” (West of West: Ancient Monuments in Ireland, travelling exhibition. England, 1979-80); “Gardens: Some Metaphors fora Public Art” (Art In America, Oct. 1981); “Breaking Circles: The Polities of Prehistory” (in Robert Hobbs, ed., Robert Smithson: Sculpture, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1981).
Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Lippard, Lucy R. Overlay: contemporary art and the art of prehistory.
Bibliography: p. 253 Includes index. 1. Art, Modern-20th century-Themes, motives. 2. Conceptual art-Themes, motives. 3. Performance art-Themes, motives. 4. Art, Prehistoric-Themes, motives. 5. Art, Prehistoric-influence. 6. Symbolism in art. 1. Title. N7428.L56 1983 700’.9’04 82-22331
ISBN 0-394-71145-9 (paperback)
Typographic design by Sara Eisenman Manufactured in the United States of America First Edition All original art illustrated in this hook is copyrighted by the artists.
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“Lippard skillfully shows the ‘primal urge’ is a core issue in ‘post-modernist’ art. . . it is invaluable as an insider’s synthesis capturing the consciousness of vanguard art in the recent past.” — Village Voice
“Lucy Lippard has skillfully blended sun, moon, myth, and ritual in a search for the meaning and social function of art.” — Gerald Hawkins, author of Stonehenge Decoded and Mindsteps to the Cosmos
“The book’s strength lies in the depth of the author’s commitment–her dual loyalty to tradition and modernity and her effort to restore the broken connection between the two.” — New York Times Book Review
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.
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