Ritual and Desire Opens at the Wichita Art Museum by Beth Lipman

Laid (Time-) Table with Cycads, 2015, detail, 92" x 57" x 192", glass, adhesive, wood, paint

Laid (Time-) Table with Cycads, 2015, detail, 92" x 57" x 192", glass, adhesive, wood, paint

Ritual and Desire explores the tenuous line between historical aesthetics and contemporary attitudes through the work of three artists--Beth Lipman, Cassandra C. Jones, and Lauren Fensterstock.

Works on view include Laid (Time-) Table with Cycads (detail above) and Cut Table (2014), recently acquired by the Wichita Art Museum. Ritual and Desire is on view May 20 – September 10, 2017.


InEarth to be featured at the Des Moines Art Center by Beth Lipman

InEarth, 2017, 112" x 98" x 112", glass, wood, paint, metal, adhesive, photo credit: Rich Maciejewski

InEarth, 2017, 112" x 98" x 112", glass, wood, paint, metal, adhesive, photo credit: Rich Maciejewski

InEarth will be on view during Ruptures, an exhibition at the Des Moines Art Center (IA), June 3 through September 3, 2017.     

Ruptures will feature the work of nine contemporary artists and one artist collective including Berlinde De Bruyckere, Lauren Fensterstock, Mona Hatoum, Roger Hiorns, Steven Young Lee, Beth Lipman, Cornelia Parker, the Propeller Group, Doris Salcedo, and Anne Wilson. A full-color exhibition catalog will accompany the exhibition with essays by Art Center Senior Curator Alison Ferris and an excerpt from Art Historian Caterina Albano‘s “Fear and Art in the Contemporary World.”

InEarth, a ten-foot tall sculpture made of transparent glass, wood, adhesive, paint and metal, combines the genres of still life and landscape to juxtapose the current age with ages past. Atop InEarth is a fecund landscape depicting early diverging flora including a variety of pteridophytes and cycadophyta as well as extinct flora such as sphenophyllum (alive from the Devonian to Triassic periods) and calamites (alive in Carboniferous period. The tallest plant, a cycad, pierces the table and descends to the floor, transforming into a Doric column. There it anchors a still life composition which includes cards, bottles, musical instruments, coins, books, bricks, and a partial lowering device for caskets.

InEarth continues research begun at the Department of Paleobiology and Department of Botany at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC during a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. The work ensued explores the age of the Anthropocene, known as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.




ART AGAINST THE ENDTIMES FUND is a fundraising event hosted by the esteemed Kirsten Hassenfeld at her website:


The entire sale price of these artworks will be donated to the ACLU to aid in the protection of all people in the US from the unlawful actions of the coming administration. Donating artists have graciously agreed to sell their works for a fraction of their retail price and are absorbing the cost of shipping in the continental US.

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Recent Press by Beth Lipman

Busy times- see below for press from select recent exhibitions:

courtesy Wave Hill and Ken Goebel

courtesy Wave Hill and Ken Goebel

(Not So) Still Life at GLYNDOR GALLERY, WAVE HILL, NY | APRIL 5 – JULY 4, 2016


Courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center/ Kohler Co.

Courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center/ Kohler Co.

courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center/ Kohler Co

courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center/ Kohler Co

Lecture at the de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco by Beth Lipman

Guest Lecture: The Making of Candlesticks, Books, Flowers, Fruit, and Other Things of Interest, by Beth Lipman

courtesy Montgomery Museum of Fine Art

courtesy Montgomery Museum of Fine Art

September 1, 2016,

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Koret Auditorium

Her work explores aspects of material culture through still lives, site-specific installations, and photographs. The hand-sculpted glass compositions are comprised of inanimate objects that are metaphors for individuals and society. Every object, whether broken, flawed, or perfect is incorporated into the final composition, literally capturing a moment in time. The process of creating defines the final composition. Concepts of mortality, consumerism, materiality, and temporality (critical issues since the inception of the still life tradition in the 17th century) continue to be relevant.

Ticket Information

Free in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Docent Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. No reservations required.

Contact Information

Docent Council


(415) 750-3638

Once and Again at Hunter Museum of American Art by Beth Lipman


On view MARCH 12, 2016 - JUNE 12, 2016

Finding inspiration in European master paintings, Beth Lipman (b. 1971) draws links between past and present in her large-scale, three-dimensional glass sculptures, expanding beyond still life to incorporate elements of portraiture and the landscape. The results are provocative pieces that transcend the glittering beauty of glass and speak about issues relevant to contemporary life.

The largest presentation of the Wisconsin-based artist’s work to date, this exhibition also features photographs taken during a residency in Alaska in 2014, unique because Lipman placed her clear glass pieces directly into the landscape, turning the still life object into a portrait. With some of her photographic work, the artist destroys and recycles the glass, further commenting on the inability of things to satisfy, the fragility of life and our role in the natural cycle. Once & Again reflects the themes and processes explored during Lipman’s entire career, such as the superabundance of contemporary culture, consumerism, decay and materiality.  

The artist will open the exhibition with a discussion of her work on Friday, March 11 at 6 pm. This event is open to the public and is free with regular admission.

 Once & Again: Still Lifes by Beth Lipman is organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.

Theories of the Earth by Beth Lipman

Wheaton College

Gallery Opening & Reception
February 4, 2016 at 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Haas Concourse & Lobby, Watson Fine Arts

Artist Talk by Beth Lipman and Lauren Fensterstock
April 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts

All events are free and open to the public.