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Richard Lippold: Space As a Metaphor For the Spiritual in Art
By Curtis L. Carter


During the twentieth century our knowledge of space has grown. Scientists such as Albert Einstein have provided models of space in the language of physics and mathematics. Artists such as Richard Lippold have developed their own sculptural languages to articulate a new sense of space. It is worth considering that the investigation of space on the part of both scientists and artists has been tied to a profound interest in the spiritual.


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Richard Lippold: Poet of Space
By Edward Lucie-Smith


Richard Lippold is celebrated-yet has some claim to be a "forgotten" American sculptor. Which is to say, in plainer terms, that his work has slipped out of focus for many lovers of contemporary art. This situation is curious because his sculpture in fact lies at the very center of the history of American modernism. One of Lippold's creations, Variations Within a Sphere, No. 7: Full Moon 1949-50, was for a long time one of the most famous of all American twentieth-century sculptures. It was placed so as to form a kind of culminating point to any visit made to the permanent collection of the Museum of Mod¬ern Art in New York, then as now America's chief shrine to the Modern movement.






Richard Lippold: Shaping Space with Reflected Light

Jack W. Burnham


Sixty or seventy years ago the harmonious integration of sculpture and architecture seemed to be a dying cause. It survived only through the tradition of beaux arts training and the nineteenth century's eclectic mania with its reintroduction of Classic, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles into the creation of contemporary architecture. There appeared to be no philosophy of integration between the drastic reductivism of modern architecture and the most advanced sculpture then existing. Before World War II the fundamental principles of the new architecture had been more or less fixed through the canons of the International style.