New Book: Let’s Have a Talk

Coming July 27!

Dear Friends and Readers,

I’m excited to tell you about my new book, coming July 27 and available for pre-order now. It’s called Let’s Have a Talk: Conversations with Women on Art and Culture and, as you might guess from the title, it gathers together a bunch of interviews: eighty-eight across a thirteen-year span. Handsomely designed and published by KARMA, it’s a weighty tome that introduces readers to each interviewee’s work in an accessible format through discussions that are intimate, open, and comprehensive. I’m also thrilled that the cover and title hail from the artist Adrian Piper, who has two interviews in the book.

The majority of these conversations first appeared on Artforum.com’s Interviews column, which I edited for eleven years. Several of the longer, Q&A pieces come from November magazine, which I cofounded in July 2020. (Lots of news is on the way from November; stay tuned.)

Interviewees include: Adrian Piper, Agnes Varda, Aki Sasamoto, Alex Bag, Amy O’Neill, Andrea Fraser, Anohni, Aura Rosenberg, Beryl Korot, Beverly Semmes, Carol Bove, Carolee Schneemann, Catherine Christer Hennix, Claudia Rankine, Constance De Jong, Dianna Molzan, Donna J. Haraway, Dorothea Rockburne, Ebony G. Patterson, Elaine Reichek, Eleanor Antin, Ellie Ga, fierce pussy, Frances Stark, Georgia Sagri, Hong-Kai Wang, Howardena Pindell, Iman Issa, Jeanine Oleson, Jennifer West, Jessamyn Fiore, Jesse Jones, Jo Baer, Joan Jonas, Joan Semmel, Judy Chicago, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Karla Black, Kathryn Andrews, Katy Siegel, Lisa Tan, Lisi Raskin, Liz Deschenes, Lorraine O’Grady, Lorrie Moore, Lucy Dodd, Lucy McKenzie, Lucy R. Lippard, Lucy Skaer, Lynda Benglis, Lynne Tillman, Marlene McCarty, Mary Beth Edleson, Mary Ellen Carroll, Mary Heilmann, Mary Kelly, Mary Mattingly, Mimi Thi Nyugen, Mira Schor, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Nan Goldin, Nancy Goldring, Nell Painter, Pauline Oliveros, Polly Apfelbaum, Rachel Foullon, Rachel Mason, Rebecca Solnit, Rebecca Warren, Renee Green, Rhonda Lieberman, Rita McBride and Kim Schoenstadt, Ruby Sky Stiler, Sakiko Sugawa, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Sarah Crowner, Shannon Ebner, Sophie Calle, Sturtevant, Sue Coe, Suzanne Lacy, Tauba Auerbach, Virginia Dwan, W.A.G.E., and Yoko Ono.

The book contributes to a long tradition of intergenerational interviews and correspondences between artists and critics, and as primary source material I expect it will be useful for scholars of contemporary art and art history courses. If you’re an educator or interested in sharing or covering the book in any way, please be in touch.

I hope you’ll check it out and come to one of the events later this summer—on Zoom, most likely. As usual, I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

All the best and thanks for reading,

Lauren