The new issue of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly hits newsstands and subscriber mailboxes today. On the cover: A detail of Beth Lipman’s Still Life with Grapes (2007), a C-print that measures 29-inches high by 36-inches wide. Lipman’s icy three-dimensional realizations of opulent tableware on overcrowded tabletops are a frosty take on the excesses of our pre-crash era and hold up well as a meditation on their larger theme of mortality.
Lipman’s work reveals a sophisticated understanding of the parallels between Dutch still lives and contemporary glass art. Both forms are showcases of virtuosic skill, and Lipman takes the correspondences between 17th-century painting and 21st-century glass further. Her works are powerful meditations on extravagant indulgence and the nature of mortality. Those interested in seeing her work first-hand can visit her exhibition at Heller Gallery from March 5th – 27th (opening reception on March 4th).http://www.bethlipman.com/