Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s

Prior to 1966, if artists wanted to create works larger than their studios or metalworking abilities allowed, they had to turn to industrial manufacturers, who were often unable to accommodate the creative process of making art. The opening that year of Lippincott, Inc., put the tools of industrial fabrication in the hands of artists and forever changed the development of American art. The Lippincott shop became an extension of the artists' studios, and thus developed a new kind of all-in-one sculpture production center that allowed artists to achieve a scale of which they had only dreamt before.

Fortuitously, the founders, Donald Lippincott and Roxanne Everett, meticulously documented the working processes of many of the most important American artists of the twentieth century, including Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, and Claes Oldenburg. Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s presents a collection of more than three hundred of these images from the Lippincott archive—many rarely or never-before-seen—of artists creating some of their most iconic large-scale sculptural works. These behind-the-scenes images offer brand-new insight on an important chapter of art history and compel us all to see these enduring works with fresh eyes.