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Salute to Knowledge, by Kipp, at Grosse Pointe Public Library in Grosse Pointe, Mi, USA
A sculptor and painter who creates pieces that are composed of strong vertical and horizontal objects and are often painted in bold primary colors recalling arrangements by De Stijl Constructivist. Kipp is an important figure in the development of the Primary Structure style which came to prominence in the mid-1960s.

Kipp's early work in the 1950s focused on geometric, plaster reliefs and cast bronzes (see No. 1 - 1959 or Directional I). He moved on to large, geometric, welded pieces composed of post and beam elements emphasizing the vertical during the 1960s (see Andy's Cart Blanche, Muscoot or Hudson Bay). Finding it difficult to transport large, heavy, welded pieces, he turned to angled sections and sheets of steel and aluminum that could be bolted together on site. Typically the pieces were painted with bright colors and the thin edges were often defined with bright, complementary colors (see Long Distance,Chicksaw or Kobi). In the late 1970s, Kipp's steel sheets began to move into the air on thin legs (see Lockport 1977, Salute to Knowledge or Yoakum Jack).

Kipp was a founding member of ConStruct, the artist-owned gallery that promoted and organized large-scale sculpture exhibitions throughout the United States. Other founding members include Mark di Suvero, Kenneth Snelson, John Raymond Henry and Charles Ginnever.

Kipp's health has declined in recent years and chances are high that no new work will be created.


1950 - 1952 Pratt Institutemarker, Brooklyn, NY

1952 - 1954 Cranbrook Academy of Artmarker, Michigan

1960 - 1963 Bennington College, Vermontmarker

1962 - 1963 Pratt Institutemarker, Brooklyn, NY

1963 - 1968 Hunter Collegemarker, NYC

1966 Dartmouth Collegemarker, NH (Visiting Artist)

1967 Summer Research Grant, City University of New York

1968 - 1975 Lehman Collegemarker, NYC (Chairman - 1968 - 1974)

1975 - 1978 Hunter Collegemarker, NYC (Chairman)

1978 - 1985 Hunter Collegemarker, NYC

1985 Hunter Collegemarker, NYC (Professor Emeritus)

1966 Guggenheim Fellowship

1966 Fulbright Grant

1970 City University Faculty Research Grant

1975 City University Faculty Research Grant

1977 Art Park, Lewiston, NY

1980 Hand Hollow Foundation, New York

1982 Schuster Grant

Monumental sculptures and public works

United States




District of Columbia


  • Dollbaby, 1991, Pinewood Park, Largo
  • Levenworth, 1978, Pinewood Park, Largo
  • D, Greynolds Park, North Miami Beachmarker
  • Tonawanda, 1977, Am South Bank, Naplesmarker
  • Kenosha, 1984, von Liebig Art Center, Naplesmarker
  • Untitled(blue/red), 1984, von Liebig Art Center, Naplesmarker
  • Untitled(black/red), 1984, von Liebig Art Center, Naplesmarker


  • Auro, 1965, List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technologymarker, Cambridge
  • Bartar, 1968, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover
  • Median II, 1963, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover


  • No. 1-1959, 1959, Museum of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbormarker
  • Oshkosh, 1978, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapidsmarker
  • Bullshoals, 1978, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids
  • Kobi, 1982, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids
  • Study for Zephyr, 1973, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids
  • Salute to Knowledge, 1981, Grosse Pointe Public Library, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Muscoot, 1979, Calvin College Campus, Grand Rapids
  • Long Distance, 1979, Calvin College Campus, Grand Rapids


New York

  • Wild Rice, 1967, Empire State West Plaza, Albanymarker
  • Directional I, 1962, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalomarker
  • Flat Rate II, 1962, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
  • Trianon, 1963, Whitney Museum of American Artmarker, NYC
  • Lockport 1977, 1977, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
  • Untitled, , Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
  • Placid, 1978, Sewage Treatment Plant, Lake Placidmarker

New Jersey



  • Bullfinch, 1968, Lakefront Sculpture Park, Milwaukeemarker

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