Robert Kipniss Prints

Robert Kipniss, painter and printmaker, was born in New York City in 1931. Kipniss studied at the Art Students League in 1947, Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, 1948-50, and the University of Iowa, receiving a BA degree in English literature in 1952, and an MFA in painting and art history in 1954.

In his career, Robert Kipniss has had over 200 One-man Shows since the first in New York in 1951. Recent Group Shows include; the Royal Academy, London, Royal Academy Summer Show, 2001, The British Museum, London, Recent Acquisitions, 2000 and the National Academy of Design, New York, Treasures Revealed: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Works on Paper, 1999. An exhibition of his work, Seen in Solitude: Robert Kipniss Prints from the James F. White Collection, was selected to reopen the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2006.

Robert Kipniss is represented in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The British Museum, London, the Albertina, Vienna, Austria, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, London (diploma piece); the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Morgan Library, New York, among others.

He was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1980, and to the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, London in 1998.  He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of American Graphic Artists and The Artists Fellowship.  He has also received the Speicher-Hassam Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, as well as Honorary Doctorates from Wittenberg University and Illinois College.

Mezzotints

Lithographs

Dry Points

 

Drawings

Robert Kipniss A Suite of Ten Lithographs cover 1 Robert Kipniss A Suite of Ten Lithographs cover 2

A Suite of Ten Lithographs drawn by Robert Kipniss for the Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

In 1981, Robert Kipniss was asked to illustrate a bi-lingual publication of the Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke by C.F. MacIntyre. The result was the beautiful suite of ten black and white lithographic prints, bound into the limited edition of 2000 copies, published by The Limited Editions Club. The effect is described by Dr. Karl Lunde in his book, Kipniss: The Graphic Works; i.e. “In these lithographs the artist makes tangible the elegiac poetry of the piercing beauty of landscape when experienced alone, and holds it in poignant solitude for our contemplation…Kipniss’s prints represent the emergence of purity and wonder. These poetic landscapes and objects are “dreams which lead us to discover the special unity of man and nature.”

“In the artistry of Robert Kipniss and Rainer Maria Rilke, man’s relation to the universal is a vital concern, though one expresses himself in the written work and the other in a graphic medium that has no language but the universal. The ten lithographs that Kipniss has made for the Selected Poems of Rilke evolve from years of communion by the artist with Rilke’s poetry – specifically with his favorite translations, the MacIntyre versions.” [1]

A rarely available, limited publication of boxed sets of “A Suite of Ten Lithographs drawn by Robert Kipniss for the Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke”, printed in color, published concurrently with the limited edition of the Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke. These colored suites, published in 1981, inscribed and signed by the artist and boxed along with the associated poems by Rilke in an edition of 120 with 15 artist’s proofs and 10 H.C.’s. Offered separately or in combination with a signed copy of the Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke.

[1] The Monthly Letter of The Limited Editions Club, January 1981, Number 518.

Illustrations

Publications

“Robert Kipniss Intaglios 1982 – 2004”

Intro and documentation by Trudie A. Grace, essay by Thomas Piche Jr.

Published by Hudson Hills Press, New York, 2004.

183 pages, 156 color illustrations.

Hardback, 9 x 12 in.

Price: $60, Signed: $99

Robert Kipniss: Intaglios 1982-2004 reproduces 139 intaglio prints including mezzotints, drypoints, roulette prints, and etchings. Hand colored mezzotints, drawings, and paintings are also illustrated. Kipniss’s intaglios are found in many of the foremost public and private collections in the United States and Europe.

Thomas Piché, Jr., is former senior curator at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York. Dr. Trudie A. Grace, former associate curator of the National Academy of Design, New York City, is curator of the Putnam County Historical Society & Foundry School Museum, Cold Spring, New York and lectures on art history at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

“Robert Kipniss: Intaglios 1982-2004; Deluxe Edition”

Intro and documentation by Trudie A. Grace, essay by Thomas Piche Jr.

Published by Hudson Hills Press, New York, 2004.

183 pages, 156 color illustrations in cloth slipcase with embossed title in both the slipcase and binding.

Hardbound deluxe edition with two artist signed prints; Interior w/mountain, 2004 and Nocturne w/six trees, 2004, created specifically for this edition.

Deluxe edition size: 150 + 25 artist proofs.

Signed and numbered xiv/xxv.

Condition: Excellent

Price: On Request

“Robert Kipniss Paintings 1950 – 2005”

Forward by: E. John Bullard, essay by Richard J. Boyle.

Published by Hudson Hills Press, New York, 2007.

148 pages, 102 color illustrations.

Hardback, 9 x 12 in.

Price: $60, Signed: $99

This stunning monograph of the paintings of Robert Kipniss is the culmination of nearly forty years work. His paintings, like his print work, are evocative of intense contemplation and rendered with extraordinary techincal facility. While Kipniss’s choice of subject matter varies from landscape to still life to a mixture of structures and natural forms they all share a sense of mystery, grace and quiet solitude. Although linked to representational art, Kipniss’s paintings produce formal interactions that often verge on the abstract. His work can be found in major collections in the United States and Europe.

Robert Kipniss: Paintings 1950 – 2005; Deluxe Edition

Foreword by: E. John Bullard, essay by Richard J. Boyle.  Published by Hudson Hills Press, New York, 2007.  148 pages, 102 color illustrations, cloth cover in slipcase with embossed title in both the slip case and binding.  Deluxe edition with one artist signed print; Silver Morning, 2007, created specifically for this edition.  Deluxe edition size: 300 signed and numbered copies + 25 artist proofs.  Signed and numbered xxii/xxv.

Condition: Excellent.  Price: $1,500

Silver Morning, 2007

Silver morning, Mezzotint, 2007. 6 3/8 x 4 1/2 in.

Robert Kipiss is represented in depth at ebo Gallery.  Please contact the Gallery to inquire about additional works.

 

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