2003 Beth Lipman Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1971 glass, oak, oil and mixed media 72 x 240 x 33 in. (182.9 x 609.6 x 83.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance 2007.21 Not currently on view
Beth Lipman's tour-de-force glass sculpture Bancketje (2003) is a twenty-foot-long oak table laden with 400 blown and lampworked glass objects. This piece captures the visual sumptuousness and excess of a feast like the ones depicted in seventeenth-century Dutch still-life paintings called "bancketje." Like these elaborate scenes, Lipman's half-eaten morsels, overturned goblets and snuffed candles symbolically depict the transience of life. By rendering the scene in transparent glass and skillfully blending the various components, Lipman demands that the piece be seen as a whole, not an assemblage of individual objects.
Beth Lipman is renowned for her sculptural compositions which re-interpret Renaissance and Baroque still-life paintings from Holland, Flanders, and Italy, as well as from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America. Lipman takes elements from these paintings—static composition, expressive light and opulent decoration—and translates the scenes into three dimensions.
Crafts - Mixed Media