Donald Lipski

(Chicago, Illinois, 1947 - )

North America, American

Donald Lipski earned widespread attention when his installation Gathering Dust, which consisted of 3,000 small found objects and ephemera, was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1979. Since then, the artist has become well known for public sculptures, installations and assemblages in which mundane objects are scattered across a wall or joined together in surprising ways. Lipski’s unsettling visual metaphors are informed by Surrealism and his methods of construction align with those of a tinkerer.
Lipski received a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1970 and an MFA in ceramics from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1973. The artist received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1878, 1984 and 1990, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988 and the Rome Prize in 2000. His public installations include “The Ziz” at the Cleveland Indians Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona, and the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, are among the collections in which Lipski’s work is represented.

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