Manuscript

  • Seymour Lipton, Manuscript, 1960, iron/brazed with nickel-silver on limestone base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. Seymour Lipton, 1978.127.1

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Lipton’s work explored a range of ideas including heroism, beauty, sexual conflict, and the mystery of birth and death. Manuscript depicts the struggle between law and violence throughout history. The curved layers of iron symbolize the paper on which laws are written and displayed. Lipton disrupted the smooth surface of the “paper” with a tangled mass of jagged metal, evoking the effect of violence within the human community.

Luce Object Quote

“The mood of Manuscript is that of the pages of man’s history . . . it is a visual unfurling of the world on which is seen the interplay of chance and law, of ugliness and beauty . . .” Seymour Lipton, New York Times, August 1965

Title
Manuscript
Artist
Date
1960
On View
Dimensions
11 7/8 x 15 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. (30.2 x 39.3 x 17.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. Seymour Lipton

Mediums
Mediums Description
iron/brazed with nickel-silver on limestone base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1978.127.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
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