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Lyman Kipp

Graduate Student Center, City University of New York

I think Lymann Kipp is a relatively minor figure among contemporary sculptors, but I found the new pieces he showed at the City University of New York to be the strongest of his I’ve seen. Kipp has moved from making painted geometric solids to a sculpture of surface. His use of color seems to make much more sense when it is applied to open surfaces rather than to solid volumes. The consistent verticality of the new sculptures works in favor of their abstraction because the surfaces comprising them are painted. As in Caro’s sculpture, color works here to suspend considerations of literal relation of the material to the ground, for instance. The steel sheet and angle stock Kipp is using now is thin enough so that its edges turn into lines, pure pictorial elements, and so that the sculptural elements tend to be felt as sheets or shapes of color, rather than pieces of material that have

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