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Seymour Lipton

American, 1903-1986


Seymour Lipton

The Protector, c. 1957

Nickel silver on Monel metal
27 x 21 x 13 1/2 in
69 x 53 x 34 cm

Seymour Lipton

Untitled, 1948

21 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 11 in
55 x 37 x 28 cm


Seymour Lipton was born in New York, NY in 1903. Lipton was trained as a dentist, he focused on sculpture from 1932 on and addressed themes of flight, nature, and war in his art. His early choices of medium changed from wood to lead to bronze, and then to metal, for which he is best known. With the outbreak of World War II, Lipton's sculptures referred increasingly to the conflict, which caused a change in working method and subject matter. Lipton often worked from quick, preliminary drawings, translating them into small working models or maquettes, then turned these into larger metal constructions. Lipton associated with a group of welders that c achieved prominence, namely Herbert Ferber, David Hare, Ibram Lassaw, and Theodore Roszak, who were considered the sculptural counterpart of Abstract Expressionism. By the 1950s, Lipton's work had already been acquired by 150 museums. Seymour Lipton was a central figure of the post-war American avant-garde and one of the most influential and prolific sculptors of Abstract Expressionism. His work draws immediately upon the human existence and experience, resulting in sculpture that expresses the complexities of anatomical and natural forms. Lipton himself believed, “Art… will always soar beyond the sensuous pleasure and excitement of formal aesthetics into the deeper, more searching areas of the human spirit and human existence.”Lipton’s works are represented in an array of important collections and museums including Hirshorn Museum, MoMA, Whitney, and Smithsonian.