b. 1962, Baltimore, MD
Lawrence Gipe’s practice addresses themes of power and the visual propaganda produced by authoritarian political systems, historic and present-day. Gipe’s work encompasses painting, drawing, video, collaborative installations and curatorial projects. He has had 55 solo exhibitions in US galleries and museums in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Munich, Berlin, Düsseldorf. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Arizona.
Gipe has received two NEA Individual Fellowship Grants (Painting, 1989 and Works on Paper, 1996). A mid-career survey, “3 Five-Year Plans: Lawrence Gipe, 1990-2005,” was organized in 2006 by Marilyn Zeitlin at the Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona. Lately, Gipe has concentrated on drawing as a primary medium, and had three solo shows in 2015, including “Where We Were, and How We Got There” at Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, which featured a 50-ft. graphite mural drawing. His last solo exhibition in New York was at Alexander Grey Associates (2007).
In 2014, Gipe won a University of Arizona Confluence Center Grant for “Documenting Operation Streamline,” an on-going drawing project recording the plight of illegal immigrants on their journey through the Arizona court system via the controversial “Operation Streamline” process. “Operation Streamline: A Reader” was published with funds from the grant (2015), which combined sketches made in Federal Court with press clippings and original research from UA journalist students.
Articles and reviews about his work have appeared in Vanity Fair, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Art and Antiques, L.A. Weekly, Juxtapoz, Architectural Digest, Elle, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Talk, ArtForum, ArtNews, Art in America, Flash Art, Village Voice, Time Out New York, , BijutsuTecho (Japan); Kunstforum and Applaus (Germany).
Public collections include Block Museum of Art, Boise Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Federal Reserve Board Collection, High Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Norton Museum of Art, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL, San Jose Museum of Art, Yale University Library, and the Zimmerli Archive, at Rutgers University.
Gipe is currently an art correspondent for Squarecylinder.com, a blog covering the Northern California scene. His art criticism has been published in FlashArt (reviews), L.A.Weekly (Reviews and essays), the Santa Barbara Independent (Essays and cover stories on art themes), and Artscribe (along with scores of others now extinct).