Beth Lipman: Precarious Possessions
February 7–April 13, 2014
Beth Lipman, Sideboard with Blue China, Glass, wood, paint, glue, light, 2013
We live in a society that bedevils us with images and advertisements to buy and consume more than we need, more than we might even want. We are bombarded with print and online publications and television programs that “suggest” what our homes and their interiors should look like. Beth Lipman, one of the preeminent artists working in glass today, takes the idea of extreme consumption to its ultimate expression in her latest and most extravagant work to date, Sideboard with Blue China.
Measuring almost 25’ wide and 10’ high, and made almost entirely of glass, Sideboard with Blue China
is a stunning, large-scale homage to an ultra-extravagant, historic sideboard from 1853 by noted designers Bulkley and Herter. Inspired by the Victorian predilection for displaying wealth and taste within the home, and all too aware that little has changed in the ensuing 170 years, Lipman raises issues of growth and decay, wants versus needs, and how our possessions define us in this tour-de-force of contemporary sculpture.