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Large Scale
Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s
Jonathan D. Lippincott

ISBN 9781568989341
Publication date 11/6/2010
8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm), Hardcover
256 pages, 160 color illustrations, 220 b/w illustrations
Rights: World; Carton qty: 10; (30.0)

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Prior to 1966, if artists wanted to create works larger than their studios or metalworking abilities allowed, they had to turn to industrial manufacturers, usually steel fabricators or boat builders, who, not surprisingly, were often unable to accommodate the creative process of making art. The opening that spring of Lippincott, Inc. changed that and the direction of American art in the process. Functioning as an extension of the artists' studios, Lippincott, Inc. was also a new kind of all-in-one sculpture production center that put the tools of industrial fabrication in the hands of artists, allowing them to produce at a scale they had previously only dreamt of on paper. Over the years of the shop's operation from 1966 to 1994, Lippincott, Inc. has produced sculptures by nearly one hundred artists. Fortuitously, the shop's founders, Donald Lippincott and Roxanne Everett, meticulously documented the working processes of some of the most important American artists of the twentieth century such as Claes Oldenburg, Louise Nevelson, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Indiana, and Barnett Newman. Drawing on the vast collection of the images in the Lippincott archive, Large Scale presents over three hundred photographs of these artists and their iconic large scale works including Newman's Broken Obelisk, Indiana's Love, Oldenburg's Geometric Mouse, and Rosenthal's Alamo, many of which have been previously unseen. These rare, behind-the-scenes images offer fresh insight on an important chapter of art history and compel us all to see these enduring works with fresh eyes. An introduction by curator Patterson Sims places the evolution of Lippincott, Inc. in the context of the history of American art.

Jonathan Lippincott is the design manager at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has worked as a book designer for seventeen years, and lives in New York.

Editorial Reviews

Ralph Laurens
"A gold mine of behind-the-scenes photos showing artists making larger-than-life sculptures-- a feat possible for the first time in 1966 when Lippincott, Inc. made industrial-scale fabrication accessible to the art world."

The Wall Street Journal:
"Ever wonder how the enormous outdoor sculptures that populate the urban landscape came into being? Large Scale tells the story... A lively history by Patterson Sims and extensive photographic documentation re-create that remarkable period. "

"Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s (Princeton Architectural Press, $45) by Jonathan D. Lippincott, takes a close look at how 30 postwar artists were able to realize their grandest ambitions."
"One comes away from the book with the idea that the environment at Lippincott, Inc. was an important factor in the success of many artists in one of the most active periods of public sculpture in art history. Seeing the images of these large scale works of art as they were made increases the sense of appreciation for them."
"The collective knowledge generated over time between artists and fabricators made a lot of really amazing work possible because the exploration and experimentation was very much ongoing and reciprocal. It wasnt like, All right, this is what were doing and now were done. It was much more, What do we want to do next time? And how can we do it?"

Public Art Review:
"Large Scale still aptly portrays a lost corner of an era when flower power met industry, when old ways were cast off, businessmen wore purple jeans, and possibilities seemed joyful and limitless."

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