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The Drawings of Laurie Lipton Hardcover – September 15, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Last Gasp; First Edition edition (September 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867197846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867197846
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...Lipton is a profound draftsman. She captures nuances of light and shade with masterful proficiency." -- Artweek

"Her exhibition returns constantly to the theme of social masks while laying bare those deeply harboured fantasies and terrors which belie supposedly "normal" appearances." -- The Times (London)

About the Author

Laurie Lipton was born in New York and began drawing at the age of four. She was the first person to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing (with honors). She has lived in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, London and has recently moved back to the USA after 36 years abroad. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA.

Mike McGee is director of the Begovich Gallery and a professor at Cal State University, Fullerton. His essays have appeared in Juxtapoz, tema celeste, OC Weekly, OC Register and other publications. He has organized and written catalog essays for more than 200 exhibitions working with artists such as Charles Krafft, Tony DeLap, Camille Rose Garcia, Paul McCarthy, Mark Ryden, Kenny Scharf, William T. Wiley, Robert Williams, and Jeffery Vallance. He is author of "100 Artists See Satan," "John Paul Jones: The Pursuit of Beauty's Perfect Proof," and "Manuel Pardo: Universo Soñado in Technicolor"

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Corey Lidster on June 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Laurie Lipton candidly describes her experiences in an art college I won't name, noting glibly that it was impossible to find an instructor on campus who would teach her how to paint, A sad commentary on twentieth century ideas about painting as a dead medium, and the emphasis on conceptual art that requires neither talent nor craftsmanship, not even an ounce of intelligence. On the positive side, it left her wholly devoted to creating art with pencil and charcoal, and she stands at the forefront of a new generation dedicated to the art of drawing. This book, published by Last Gasp, is the deluxe showcase she richly deserves. Featuring work from every stage of her career, it nevertheless focuses on her most recent drawings, which are mostly large-scale compositions of absolutely stunning detail and complexity. Grinning skeletons garbed in Victorian finery, wearing lace veils that are rendered with an intricacy painters would be hard-pressed to match, massive Gothic churches constructed entirely of bones, factories that devour their workers, endless turnabouts on which skeleton-driven bumper cars follow one another... her wonderfully morbid worldview is partly inspired by a strong set of moral and political beliefs, but whatever message there is in her art, it is usually executed with a wry sense of humor that keeps things from getting anywhere near dogmatic. Given how fast her last book through BEINart sold out, there should be plenty of interest in this one; with its faux-leather cover trimmed with silver details and silver-embossed lettering, it looks amazing. Content-wise, it is very rich, with more than enough full-page artwork to satisfy, with plenty of text for background and analysis. I've found Last Gasp to be a great 'alternative monograph' publisher, using the highest quality materials and excellent designers, usually selling at prices well below other companies. This book is a great example.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smoochy on January 22, 2014
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Great book. About a third or a quarter of the pages have background or interpretation. This background information is very interesting, and would have loved to see it on each page.

Made a great reasonably priced gift. But I certainly read it before I gave it away!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A voracious reader on October 29, 2013
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Yes, the pictures are very bizarre - but in quite a fascinating way. What I noticed immediately are the many tiny details and the extraordinary intricacy of the art.
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