Peter Lipsitt

Biography

791 Tremont Street, Box S
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 232-7895

Boston-based sculptor Peter Lipsitt is a graduate of Yale University School of Art (BFA, 1962; MFA, 1965) and Brandeis University (BA, 1961). Over the last ten years, as a founding member of Boston Sculptors Gallery, he has mounted several solo exhibitions and participated in many group shows. A large number of collections, such as those of the Fogg Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the Rose Museum at Brandeis University, Hamilton College, the Fort Lauderdale Museum, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Metropolitan District Commission in Massachusetts, Boston Public Library, University Place Collection, and the Henry and Lois Foster Collection include his work.

Peter Lipsitt has a large outdoor steel and copper sculpture, “Four Diagonals, Illuminated,” in an exhibition at the entrance to the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA . Hinged in four panels, it derives in part from an Asian screen in the collection of the museum. A few years ago, he was commissioned to create an edition of bronzes as awards to be presented in conjunction with a Brown University lectureship in psychology. A solo exhibition which included examples from this edition and both figurative and related abstact work was at the John Hay Library, Brown University, Providence, RI through early 2003.

Other larger works include a bronze and ceramic amphi-theatre wall, “Muddy River Wall”, 2001, designed with students at a Brookline, MA public school. Before that the Metropolitan District Commission hired Lipsitt to create the twenty foot long wall sculpture,“The Apotheosis of the Figure Eight”, 1989, for a Boston skating rink.

While in the Peace Corps in the mid-1960s, Lipsitt taught art in urban Ethiopia and travelled in East Africa and the Middle East. For seven years he was a faculty member in the Department of Art at Wheaton College, Norton, MA, was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brandeis, and has been a teacher of adults and children in the Boston area for many years.

Lipsitt's abstract sculpture imparts a sense of scale, equilibrium, and serenity which derives from his work's affinity with Asian and classical Western architecture and figure sculpture. Over the years this work has developed from welded steel constructions to works in mixed materials with components of steel, aluminum, brass or copper. The free standing wall sculptures are 8 to 12 feet long; columns are up to 8 feet tall. In recent years he has included small size bronze to his media of interest, casting some of them himself.

Nov. 03