Donald Lipski

Sallie and Dirt Ball

Sallie, 1997
Steel mesh, bottles, anti-freeze, dye and tar

On View: June 2000 - Present


Dirt Ball, 1991
Rope and leather belting
8' diameter

On View: June 2000 - June 2010


Donald Lipski's technique for creating sculpture is multidisciplinary, but he tends to use multiples of a formal element or object to create a repetitive and visually stunning object. For Dirt Ball this is evident in his "rubber band ball" type expression of using many pieces of thick industrial- grade rope, wrapped up many times into a large compact sphere.


For Sallie, this multiples process is evident again. He used hundreds of the same glass bottle and filled them with colored anti-freeze, and contained them in a large rolling cage. His works are conceptual, formally interesting and unique to view, and often times contain different, at-odds objects connected in some way that almost always tends to make sense. These sculptural assemblages are a reflection of the past major works reminiscent of Dada and Surrealist movements.


Born in Chicago in 1947, Donald Lipski was interested in sculpture since he was a teen. He earned a BA in American History in 1970, and discovered ceramics shortly after, receiving his MFA in ceramics in 1973. He taught at the University of Oklahoma from 1973 - 1977, and then moved to New York.His works are part of several collections in institutions including the MoMA, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC, and many more. Lipski later began focusing on making more large-scale public sculpture, which are included in public spaces such as Grand Central Terminal, the San Antonio River Walk in Texas, and many other across the U.S. Lipski lives and works in NYC.


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