Best Reads: Laurie Lipton

“It was all abstract and conceptual art when I attended university. My teachers told me that figurative art went ‘out’ in the Middle Ages and that I should express myself using form and shapes, but splashes on canvas and rocks on the floor bored me. I knew what I wanted: I wanted to create something no one had ever seen before, something that was brewing in the back of my brain. I used to sit for hours in the library copying Durer, Memling,Van Eyck, Goya and Rembrandt. The photographer, Diane Arbus, was another of my inspirations. Her use of black and white hit me at the core of my Being. Black and white is the color of ancient photographs and old TV shows… it is the color of ghosts, longing, time passing, memory, and madness. Black and white ached. I realized that it was perfect for the imagery in my work.” Laurie Lipton

image via beinart.org (purchase here)

Opening today at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, California, October 1 - October 31, 2010, is "Lowbrow Tarot Cards", a group show where Lipton has designed the "Death" card.

Laurie Lipton has also collaborated with All Saints on a set of t-shirts and vests.