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Donald Lipski

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Donald Lipski has steadfastly bucked the waves of Conceptualism that have refueled sculpture during the last two decades. Apart from grouping his idiosyncratic renderings according to the most general object- or process-related axes, the latter-day surrealist has rejected metaphorical reference in his work as a rule—content rather to recast the quotidian, finding the sublime in the transformation and permutation itself, not in an altered object’s meaning. Yet over the last ten years Lipski’s work has gradually begun to explore themes, synthesizing in the process the poetic and unfamiliar associations of his earlier assemblages.

Lipski’s early sculpture involved a process of accumulation. At first he used household items like matchsticks, rubber bands, paper clips, or shreds of rope, and then began to include larger objects twisted, woven, or embedded in some other material (a sampling of

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