‘Hell and High Water' can be construed as a meditation on the problem of Earth's rising sea levels. Because most of the planet's material culture resides near waterfronts and shorelines where the largest populations live, monuments and museums that cannot float, also cannot scramble to high ground. They will require uncommon flotation ability and weatherproofing. Only a variation on Noah's ark can provide safety.
Hell and High Water
Peter Lipsitt, and principal assistant, H. Kimsey.
wood and roofing membrane
Peter Lipsitt has shown outdoor sculpture at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA, Lars Andersen Park, Brookline, Triangle Workshop, Pine Plains, NY, Lewis Wharf, Boston, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, Wheelock College, Sculpture Key West, FL, The Rose Museum, and Art Complex Museum. His work is in the collections of The Rose, Fogg Art Musuem at Harvard University, DeCordova Museum, Hamilton College Museum, and Vassar College. This summer there are works, created with Susan Israel, at the New Bedford Art Museum and the New Bedford National Park Service.
Lipsitt, who grew up in a town on Buzzards Bay, is a graduate of Brandeis University (BA) and Yale University School of Art (BFA, MFA). He also attended the Skowhegan School program. In the 1960s he taught in the US Peace Corps in Ethiopia. He has also taught at Wheaton College, and other colleges and schools. As a founding member of Boston Sculptors Gallery he has presented many solo exhibitions. Fuller Art Museum, Wheaton College, Brown University, and Mather House, Harvard University have given him solo shows. Lipsitt has permanent public sculpture at Bajko Skating Rink in Hyde Park, MA, University Place, Cambridge, and work on extended loan at Boston City Hall.
He has received a generous grant from Artist Resource Trust (A.R.T.), a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, faculty grants from Wheaton College, and others from the Brookline Arts Council. His longtime studio is in the Piano Factory, South End, Boston, MA.