Richard Lippold

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Richard Lippold
Richard Lippold.jpg
Lippold working on a sculpture, circa 1950
Born(1915-05-03)May 3, 1915
DiedAugust 22, 2002(2002-08-22) (aged 87)
Known forSculpture

Richard Lippold (May 3, 1915 Milwaukee, Wisconsin – August 22, 2002) was an American sculptor, known for his geometric constructions using wire as a medium.

He studied at the University of Chicago, and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in industrial design in 1937.[1] Lippold worked as an industrial designer from 1937 to 1941. After he became a sculptor, Lippold taught at several universities, including Hunter College at the City University of New York, from 1952 to 1967.

The Lippold Foundation is laboriously maintaining his work. Howard Newman:

Lippold was an engineering genius, but we've been dealing with a piece that had reached the threshold of catastrophe,...People's mouths fall open when they see it going back up, like they're watching a spider spin a web of blazing gold,..."The more that goes up, the more exquisite it gets.[2]

The 14th and 15th of John Cage's famous Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano are subtitled Gemini - after the work of Richard Lippold.



  1. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica. "Richard Lippold (American sculptor) - Britannica Online Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  2. ^ "Wired: Preserving the Installations of Richard Lippold", The New York Times, EVE M. KAHN, January 8, 2009
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2006-03-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Joan Marter. The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, (Google Books link), Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 172-73, (ISBN 0195335791), (ISBN 9780195335798).
  5. ^ "HLS HLS Walking Tour: Harkness Graduate Center". 2005-02-15. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  6. ^ Art in Detroit Public Places, Revised Edition by Dennis Alan Nawrocki, p. 142:

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