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Seymour Lipton sketches for sculptures

Identifier: KA-0056


A trained dentist who became an acclaimed sculptor sometimes associated with the New York School of abstract expressionism, Seymour Lipton (1903-1986) achieved international recognition in 1958, when he was awarded a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Lipton taught sculpture at The New School from the 1940s until 1965. The New School Archives holds twenty of his sketches, made between 1960 and 1969, representing ideas for sculptures.


  • 1960 - 1969


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Biographical note

Seymour Lipton was born in New York in 1903. He studied dentistry at City College and Columbia University, graduating in 1927. Beginning in the early 1930s, Lipton started carving in wood, but eventually switched to metal. As a sculptor, he was largely self-taught. He was an instructor of sculpture in New York City at Cooper Union (1942-1944) and at the New School (1940-1965), and was a visiting critic at Syracuse University and at Yale University. After being awarded a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennial in 1958, Lipton mounted several one-man shows throughout the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. He received a Ford Foundation Grant in 1962. Among his many commissions, Lipton created "Archangel" (1964) for Lincoln Center, still on display in Avery Fisher Hall.

Seymour Lipton died in 1986.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder (20 drawings))

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Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection contains sketches executed in black crayon on 8 1/2 in x 11 in paper. All are signed "Lipton" followed by a two-digit date. No sculpture titles or other identifying annotations are present on the sketches.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

For selected item-level description and images from the Seymour Lipton sketches for sculptures, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Michael Lipton, 2003.

Related Materials

Seymour Lipton's papers are held by the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art.
Guide to the Seymour Lipton sketches for sculptures
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
August 19, 2010
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