Public Art, Modern Icons

April 21, 2011

In 1966, Donald Lippincott and Roxanne Everett founded Lippincott, Inc., an industrial fabrication shop dedicated exclusively to working with artists to create large-scale sculpture. Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Murray (BFA Fine Arts Department faculty member), Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg and many more made some of their most iconic work at Lippincott. As a boy, Donald’s son Jonathan saw the work in progress and recently documented it in the book Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010), which he’ll talk about in a public lecture at SVA on Thursday, April 28.

Looking back on the era in an interview with art conservator Richard McCoy, Lippincott says, “It was always so strange to me when I would read certain art books about artists who had worked with my father, and the fabrication process was barely mentioned. They would talk about how an artist came up with an idea for a work and then say quite simply, ‘and then it was sent to a fabricator.’ But we know that there was a lot that happened after the artist came up with the idea, and that the artist was involved in that fabrication process as well.” Read the full interview on the art:21 blog here.

Presented by Reconfiguring Site: New Approaches to Public Art and Architecture, a six-week summer residency for interdisciplinary approaches to public art, the event takes place Thursday, April 28, 6:30pm, at 335 West 16th Street, room 103. Admission is free and open to the public.

Images: (top) Cover of Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010); (bottom) A young Jonathan Lippincott (back to camera) and his parents with Claes Oldenburg (center) at Lippincott, Inc., from Large Scale.

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