Associate Professor, Art
Art Bldg, Room 322
BFA Virginia Commonwealth University;
MFA Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design
Born in Baltimore, Maryland
Lawrence Gipe: Narrative Biography
Lawrence Gipe’s practice engages themes of power, authoritarianism and visual propaganda, in media that ranges across painting, drawing, video and collaborative installations. He has had 55 solo exhibitions in US galleries and museums in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Munich, Berlin, Düsseldorf (Kunstverein Düsseldorf). Currently, he splits his time between Oakland, CA, and Tucson, AZ, where he is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Arizona.
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. Gipe published “Operation Streamline: A Reader” with funds from the grant (2015), which combined his sketches from Federal Court with press clippings and original research from UA journalist students. He 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 University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona. In 2001, Gipe executed a mural commission for the lobby of the Federal Reserve Bank Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Gipe 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. mural drawing. Recent group exhibtions include: Art on Paper, Pier 38, New York, NY; Pure Monotype, International Print Center, New York, NY; Everyone is Hypnotized: Artists dérive the Bay Area, ProArts, Oakland, CA (Gipe+Tell/Curator only); Small Works, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA and Body Language: Figuration in Modern and Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ.
In 2015, Gipe collaborated with his partner Sarah Tell for the exhibition “Gipe+Tell: Is This Normal?” an installation at InSpace Curatorial in San Francisco that addressed their recent three-month residency in Leipzig, Germany. Upcoming, G+T will collaborate on an installation called “Some Men” at T Moro Projects in Santa Clara, CA (Oct., 2016). In 2015, Gipe+Tell won a curatorial grant from the San Francisco-based non-profit Root Division, to organize “The Known Universe”, a group exhibition with 8 artists addressing art and science; In 2017, Gipe will be a Curator-in-Residence at ProArts in Oakland, CA, organizing a group exhibition called “Everyone is Hypnotized: Artists Dérive the Bay Area.”
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), Artscribe (and scores of others now extinct).
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, Kunstforum(Germany); BijutsuTecho (Japan); Applaus (Germany) and others.
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, San Jose Museum of Art, Yale University Library, and the Zimmerli Archive, at Rutgers University. He is currently up in the “Art of Our Time” exhibition, a year-long show of the permanent collection at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL.