Artist: Lyman Kipp

Sculptor and painter Lyman Kipp is best known for his brightly colored, large-scale public works that can be found throughout the United States. Included in the seminal 1966 exhibition, Primary Structures, Kipp's work is aligned with established artists such as Donald Judd, Robert Smithson and Carl Andre. 

Recognizing his importance and contribution to the canon of modern art, Wright has celebrated the works of Lyman Kipp and played a major role in establishing his market. In fact, Wright holds the auction record for the artist.

Kipp’s work reflects a precise economy of form and color. Geometric planes intersect or balance one another in refined…Often the more straight forward the composition appears, the more complex it is to achieve. the overall effect is clean and demonstrative; nothing is random.

American Eight

Public Works

Alabama
Cherokee, 1977, University of Alabama, Huntsville

Arizona
Hudson Bay, 1968, Museum of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson

California
Trap II, 1965, University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley
Chickasaw, 1977, California State University, San Bernardino
Highline, 1976, Federal Building & Post Office, Van Nuys

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

District of Columbia
Alternate Design for Highline, 1975, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington
Salamanca, 1969, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington

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

Indiana
Range, 1974, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne

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
Ulysses, 1972, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

New York
Wild Rice, 1967, Empire State West Plaza, Albany
Directional I, 1962, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Flat Rate II, 1969, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Trianon, 1963, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
Lockport 1977, 1977, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
Untitled, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
Placid, 1978, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid

New Jersey
Yoakum Jack, 1977, William Paterson University, Wayne

Pennsylvania
Music Box, 1956, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Manly, 1980, Hartwood Acres Park, Pittsburgh
Wink, 1980, Penn State University, University Park

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

Wisconsin
Bullfinch, 1968, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee
Lodgepole, 1968, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee

Kipp, unlike many of his generation, is not fearful of symmetrical solutions. Into these he fuses a strong degree of visual stimulation but carefully controlled variations of spatial patterns. 

Richard Hirsch

Works on Paper by Lyman Kipp

Lyman Kipp 1929–2014

Lyman Kipp was born in Dobbs Ferry, New York in 1929. He studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Michigan to study and teach at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1952. In 1965 Kipp was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the following year he received a Fulbright Grant. Kipp’s work was included in the pivotal exhibition Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum in 1966, alongside sculptures by Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Robert Smithson and many others who helped transformed contemporary aesthetics.

Kipp’s influence in the world of sculpture extended from his teaching career at institutions such as The Harvey School in Katonah, Hunter College, and Lehman College to his role as a founding member of ConStruct. ConStruct was an artist-owned gallery, formed by Kipp, Kenneth Snelson, John Henry, Mark di Suvero and Charles Ginnever, that promoted and organized large-scale sculptural exhibitions throughout the United States.

His work has shown at several notable galleries around the globe such as Betty Parson Gallery, New York, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, and the Irving Sculpture Gallery, Sydney. Today, Kipp’s large-scale work can be found in many private and public collections including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo.   

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