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 – August 22, 2002) was an American sculptor, known for his geometric constructions using wire as a medium.

Lippold was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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.

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.


  • 1949-50, Variation Number 7: Full Moon, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
  • 1950, World Tree, within the Walter Gropius-designed Harvard Graduate Center at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[3]
  • 1950-51Aerial Act, at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1953-56, Variation within a Sphere, Number 10: The Sun, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, which includes more than two miles of gold wire; first commissioned work by this museum.
  • 1958-60, Trinity, Chapel of Portsmouth Abbey School, Portsmouth, RI. Pietro Belluschi, building architect.
  • 1958, Radiant I, at the Inland Steel Building in Chicago, IL. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, building architects[4]
  • 1959, Untitled, The Four Seasons, and Seagram Building Construction No. 1, at the Four Seasons Restaurant, Seagram Building, New York City. Philip Johnson, Mies Van der Rohe building architects.
  • 1959, Great Lone Star, at the Longview National Bank, Longview, TX.
  • 1960, Spirit Vine, Musee de Vin, Chateau Mouton Rothchild, Pauillac, France.
  • 1961, Homage to Our Age, J. Walter Thompson, Reception Area, New York City.
  • 1962, Orpheus and Apollo, at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, with architect Max Abramovitz[5]
  • 1963, Flight at PanAm Building (now Met Life Building), New York, NY, with architects Emery Roth, Pietro Belluschi, Walter Gropius.
  • 1966, Gemini II, at Jesse Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Houston TX. William Wayne Caudill, building architect.
  • 1967-70, Baldacchino, St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, CA. Pietro Belluschi, building architect.
  • 1970, Homage to North Carolina, at North Carolina National Bank, Charlotte, NC.
  • 1970, Youth, Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, Alabama.
  • 1975, Flora Raris, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1975, Homage to H.I.H. the Late Kind Faisal, Conference Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • 1976, Ad Astra, at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Gyo Obata, building architect.
  • 1977, Untitled, Grand Court, Columbia Mall, Columbia South Carolina
  • 1977, In Skyspace, Airport, Kish Island, Iran
  • 1980, Wings of Welcome at the Hyatt Regency, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Py-Vavra, building architect.
  • 1981, Winged Gamma, for Park Avenue Atrium Building, New York with office of Edward Durell Stone
  • 1984, Untitled, One Financial Center, Boston
  • 1985, Primal Energy, Sohio Headquarters, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1985, Counterpoint with Architecture, Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1986, Fire Bird at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, (formerly Orange County Performing Art Center) in Costa Mesa, California. Cesar Pelli, building architect.
  • 1986, Copper Crystal, Crystal Park II Building, Crystal City, Virginia
  • 1986, Homage to South Korea, Dae-Han Building, Seoul, Korea
  • 1986, Orchidea, Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore
  • 1988, Ex Stasis in Haggerty Museum, Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Kahler Slater, building architect.
  • 1988, Encounter at Fairlane Town Center, Dearborn, Michigan (Currently put away in storage.) [6]


Solo Exhibitions

Willard Gallery, New York, NY 1947, 1948,1949, 1950, 1951,1952, 1961, 1968, 1973

The Arts Club, Chicago, IL Richard Lippold Sculpture, 1954 The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI Richard Lippold: Sculpture, 1990–91


  • Notes in Passing, by Richard Lippold, Arts & Architecture, August 1947.
  • Before Band Wagons, Allene Talmey, Vogue Magazine. August 15, 1949 p. 133.
  • [[Craft Horizons, June 1952.
  • Four Artists in a Mansion, Harpers Bazaar, July 1952.
  • French Vogue, May 1955.
  • Lippold Makes a Construction, by Lawerence Campbell, Art News, Oct. 1956.
  • Eye on the Sun, Vogue, Feb. 1, 1958.
  • Profiles: A Thing Among Things, Calvin Tompkins, New Yorker, March 1963.
  • Synergizing Space, Sculpture, Architecture and Richard Lippold at Lincoln Center, Marin R. Sullivan, American Art, Summer 2019.


  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. ^ "HLS HLS Walking Tour: Harkness Graduate Center". 2005-02-15. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  4. ^ Joan Marter. The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, (Google Books link), Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 172-73, (ISBN 0195335791), (ISBN 9780195335798).
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2006-03-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Art in Detroit Public Places, Revised Edition by Dennis Alan Nawrocki, p. 142:

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