Lyman Kipp

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Lyman E. Kipp, Jr.
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Muscoot, by Kipp, at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Born Lyman Emmet Kipp, Jr.
1929
Dobbs Ferry, New York
Died March 30, 2014
Bonita Springs, Florida
Nationality American
Known for Sculpture, painting
Lyman Kipp
Long Distance, by Kipp, at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Salute to Knowledge, by Kipp, at Grosse Pointe Public Library in Grosse Pointe, MI, USA
Untitled, 1970

Lyman Kipp (born 1929 in Dobbs Ferry, New York; died 2014 in Bonita Springs, Florida) was a sculptor and painter who created pieces that are composed of strong vertical and horizontal objects and were often painted in bold primary colors recalling arrangements by De Stijl Constructivists. Kipp is an important figure in the development of the Primary Structure style which came to prominence in the mid-1960s.

Kipp's early work in the 1950s focused on geometric, plaster reliefs and cast bronzes (see No. 1 - 1959 or Directional I). He moved on to large, geometric, welded pieces composed of post and beam elements emphasizing the vertical during the 1960s (see Andy's Cart Blanche, Muscoot or Hudson Bay). Finding it difficult to transport large, heavy, welded pieces, he turned to angled sections and sheets of steel and aluminum that could be bolted together on site. Typically the pieces were painted with bright colors and the thin edges were often defined with bright, complementary colors (see Long Distance,Chicksaw or Kobi). In the late 1970s, Kipp's steel sheets began to move into the air on thin legs (see Lockport 1977, Salute to Knowledge or Yoakum Jack).

Kipp was a founding member of ConStruct, the artist-owned gallery that promoted and organized large-scale sculpture exhibitions throughout the United States. Other founding members include Mark di Suvero, Kenneth Snelson, John Raymond Henry and Charles Ginnever.

Kipp's health deteriorated and he died peacefully on March 30, 2014. His last known works were in 2011.

Education/Teaching/Grants[edit]

1950 - 1952 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1952 - 1954 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan

1960 - 1963 Bennington College, Vermont
1962 - 1963 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1963 - 1968 Hunter College, NYC
1966 Dartmouth College, NH (Visiting Artist)
1967 Summer Research Grant, City University of New York
1968 - 1975 Lehman College, NYC (Chairman - 1968 - 1974)
1975 - 1978 Hunter College, NYC (Chairman)
1978 - 1985 Hunter College, NYC
1985 Hunter College, NYC (Professor Emeritus)

1966 Guggenheim Fellowship
1966 Fulbright Grant
1970 City University Faculty Research Grant
1975 City University Faculty Research Grant
1977 Art Park, Lewiston, NY
1980 Hand Hollow Foundation, New York
1982 Schuster Grant

Monumental sculptures and public works[edit]

United States[edit]

Alabama

Arizona

California

Colorado

  • Alto, 1984, Hoffman Heights Library, Aurora
  • Red Wing, 1974, Aurora Corporate Plaza, Aurora

District of Columbia

Florida

  • Dollbaby, 1991, Pinewood Park, Largo
  • Levenworth, 1978, Pinewood Park, Largo
  • D, Greynolds Park, North Miami Beach
  • Tonawanda, 1977, Am South Bank, Naples
  • Kenosha, 1984, von Liebig Art Center, Naples
  • Untitled(blue/red), 1984, von Liebig Art Center, Naples
  • Untitled(black/red), 1984, von Liebig Art Center, Naples
  • E, 1979, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach

Massachusetts

  • Auro, 1965, List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
  • Bartar, 1968, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover
  • Median II, 1963, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover

Michigan

  • No. 1-1959, 1959, Museum of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Oshkosh, 1978, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids
  • Bullshoals, 1978, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids
  • Kobi, 1982, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids
  • Study for Zephyr, 1973, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids
  • Salute to Knowledge, 1981, Grosse Pointe Public Library, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Muscoot, 1979, Calvin College Campus, Grand Rapids
  • Long Distance, 1979, Calvin College Campus, Grand Rapids

Nebraska

New York

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Tennessee

  • Dragon Fly, 1995, Sculpture Fields of Montague Park, Chattanooga
  • Hugo, 1980, Sculpture Fields of Montague Park, Chattanooga

Wisconsin

References[edit]

  • Janovy, Karen O., Siedell, Daniel A., Sculpture from the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery (University of Nebraska Press, 2006) ISBN 978-0-8032-7629-1
  • Sculpture Off the Pedestal (Grand Rapids Art Museum, 1973) Library of Congress: 73-88657
  • Construct (Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, 1979)
  • Kipp Website