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Once & Again: Still Lifes by Beth Lipman

“One of the most compelling conceptual artists working in glass in America today,” Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
September 14 – January 8

Inspired by seventeenth-century Dutch still-life paintings, Sheboygan-based artist Beth Lipman creates large-scale, three-dimensional interpretations in glittering glass. We are delighted to bring this mid-career retrospective to Wisconsin to celebrate a local Jewish artist with national reach. Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Like the paintings that she alludes to, Lipman’s compositions address themes of desire and consumption, growth and decay, religious and political symbolism, and the transience of life. Using varied processes combining blown, lamp-worked, solid sculpted, and kiln formed glass the artist creates tables overflowing with a multitude of glass objects. Drawing three-dimensionally with the material, Lipman uses glass as a way to frustrate the eye. She capitalizes on the way clear glass is simultaneously attainable and intangible; forms are recognizable but the reflection and refraction of light causes the eye to question what it sees.

In addition to her sumptuous glass installations Lipman also utilizes photography. Related to the sculptures, but existing only in a two-dimensional format, Lipman arranges her glass objects into still-life compositions for the camera’s lens. After capturing the image, she destroys and recycles the original glass pieces. What remains are images scaled to the actual objects—a fleeting moment captured in time.

Lipman’s spontaneous and expressive process results in works of art that not only capture transitory moments caught between growth and decay, but also stand as timeless portraits of humanity.

SPONSORS: Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Suzy B. Ettinger,
We Energies Foundation, Fred and Amy Croen, Jill G. Pelisek

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Special thanks to the hardworking Once & Again: Still Lifes by Beth Lipman Committee:

Suzy B. Ettinger, Chair
Steve Brondino
Ellen Flesch
Audrey Mann
Jill Pelisek
Deborah Wilk