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Guide to the Seymour Lipton sketches for sculptures, 1960-1969

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Creator - Artist
Lipton, Seymour, 1903-1986
Seymour Lipton sketches for sculptures, 1960-1969
0.1 linear ft: 1 folder (20 drawings)
A trained dentist who became an acclaimed sculptor sometimes associated with the New York School of abstract expressionism, Seymour Lipton (1903-1986) achieved international recognition in 1958, when he was awarded a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Lipton taught sculpture at the New School from the 1940s until 1965. The Kellen Design Archives holds twenty of his sketches, made between 1960 and 1969, representing ideas for sculptures.

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Biographical note

Seymour Lipton was born in New York in 1903. He studied dentistry at City College and Columbia University, graduating in 1927. Beginning in the early 1930s, Lipton started carving in wood, but eventually switched to metal. As a sculptor, he was largely self-taught. He was an instructor of sculpture in New York City at Cooper Union (1942-1944) and at the New School (1940-1965), and was a visiting critic at Syracuse University and at Yale University. After being awarded a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennial in 1958, Lipton mounted several one-man shows throughout the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. He received a Ford Foundation Grant in 1962. Among his many commissions, Lipton created "Archangel" (1964) for Lincoln Center, still on display in Avery Fisher Hall.

Seymour Lipton died in 1986.


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Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection contains sketches executed in black crayon on 8 1/2 in x 11 in paper. All are signed "Lipton" followed by a two-digit date. No sculpture titles or other identifying annotations are present on the sketches.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives August 19, 2010

66 5th Ave./
lobby level/
New York, NY, 10011

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the Kellen Design Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Michael Lipton, 2003.

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Related Materials

Seymour Lipton's papers are held by the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Sketches.


  • Sculptors.


  • Sculpture.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Sketches  k_3 10

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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