Seymour Lipton, ‘Preliminary drawing for a sculpture’, 20th century, Thomas French Fine Art

Lipton did a large number of preliminary drawings that formed the basis for many of his sculptures. His sons and heirs, Michael and Alan donated a number of similar drawings to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Metropolitan Museum, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Harvard Art Museums, and LACMA.

Signature: Unsigned

Estate of the artist

Michael and Alan Lipton (sons)

Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA

De-accessed 2017

About Seymour Lipton

Seymour Lipton is best known for his textured metal sculptures that fuse the traditions of Cubism, Constructivism, and Abstract Expressionism. A contemporary of artists like Jackson Pollock and Arshile Gorky, Lipton was interested in art’s ability to tap into Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious by depicting primal symbols. Lipton’s structured three-dimensional forms manifested an original language of abstract figures that originated in stream-of-consciousness sketchbooks. While Lipton worked on a smaller scale during the first 20 years of his career, he experimented with larger compositions in the 1950s and ’60s. After he received the Guggenheim Award in 1960, several prominent public commissions followed, including his seminal Archangel (1964) that resides in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

American, 1903-1986

Group Shows

New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism / In Context: Seymour Lipton
New York, NY, United States,
INsite/INchelsea: The Inaugural Exhibition
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism: Reloading the Canon
New York, NY, United States,
Unconscious Unbound: Surrealism in America
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism: Further Evidence (Part Two: Sculpture)
New York, NY, United States,
Body Beware: 18 American Artists
New York, NY, United States,
Organic New York, 1941-1949
New York, NY, United States,
The WPA Era: Urban Views & Visions

Fair History on Artsy

BIRNAM WOOD / GALLERIES at Art Southampton 2014
Driscoll Babcock Galleries at The Armory Show 2014