Beth Lipman Collection Grand Sculpture for Steuben
Beth Lipman is an amazing glass artist who brings brings a third dimension to the traditional still life with her work. Steuben has recently debuted an amazing collection by this acclaimed artist, and this full set is absolutely breathtaking. Lipman’s expressive, fluid work pays homage to still life paintings of fruit and flowers created from the 17th through 20th centuries. The various crystal fruits, flowers, and leaves that comprise her Grand Sculpture collection for Steuben are meant to be arranged and rearranged in groups or as a single unit “at the whim of the client”, she says. The artist believes that “traditional defects such as bubbles or seeds, film in between layers of glass, dirt, and inconsistencies within the production” are accepted as signs of individual handwork, and symbolize “the fragility and imperfection of life.” This rich assemblage of fruits and flowers represents, she says, “our affluent society” and finds parallel in a prior period of great affluence during the Dutch Golden Age of still life painting.
Beth Lipman is an amazing glass artists, whose work has been shown in major museums, who has paired up with Steuben to develop a line of crystal fruits and botanicals. I love the sets, because they are interactive sculptures that ... Beth Lipman is an amazing glass artists, whose work has been shown in major museums, who has paired up with Steuben to develop a line of crystal fruits and botanicals. I love the sets, because they are interactive sculptures that you can display in a myriad of ways, even combining sets or breaking them up. A symbol of prosperity and abundance, the fig also has come to signify the state of Israel. These fluidly sculpted crystal fruits, designed as part of the Beth Lipman Collection for Steuben, often appear in the 17th-century Dutch still life paintings that inspire Lipman’s hand-formed glass. As part of a cornucopia, they add a sparkling accent to the table.