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Margot Lovejoy (21 October 1930 – 1 August 2019) was a digital artist and historian of art and technology. She was Professor Emerita of Visual Arts at the State University of New York at Purchase. She was the author of Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age. Lovejoy was recipient of a 1987 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 1994 Arts International Grant in India.
In her best known historic work, Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age, Lovejoy followed on the research of Frank Popper, Jack Burnham, and Gene Youngblood by documenting the historical record of the relationship between technology and art as culminating in digital art. Lovejoy recounted the early histories of electronic media for art making (video, computer art, the Internet) by providing a context for the works of major artists in each media, describing their projects, and discussing the issues and theoretical implications of each to create a foundation for understanding this developing field of digital art.
In Digital Currents she explored the growing impact of digital technologies on aesthetic experience and examined the major changes taking place in the role of the artist as social communicator. She demonstrated that just as the rise of photographic techniques in the mid-19th century shattered traditional views about representation, so too have contemporary electronic tools catalyzed new perspectives on art, affecting the way artists see, think, and work, and the ways in which their productions are distributed and communicated.
- Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age
- Postmodern Currents: Art and Artists in the Age of Electronic Media
- Labyrinth (1991)
- The Book of Plagues (1995)
- Paradoxic mutations
- Alternative Museum, New York
- P.S.#1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
- Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, New York
- Queens Museum of Art, New York
- Neuberger Museum of Art, New York
- Stamford Museum, New York
- Islip Museum, New York
Lovejoy's work is held in the following collections:
- Museum of Modern Art
- Getty Institute
- Neuberger Museum
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- Christiane Paul, Digital Art, Thames & Hudson, London, p. 219