ALLENTOWN, PA.- The Allentown Art Museum
presents Peter Grippe: A Personal Vocabulary on view now until November 14, 2010.
Peter Grippe highlights the work of New York artist Peter Grippe (19122002), a talented and inventive sculptor and printmaker, who worked and exhibited with many of the major artists of the mid-20th century. This will be the museums first exhibition of work by this American mid-century modernist and represents part of a substantial gift of Grippes art from Florence Grippe, the artists widow.
The exhibition includes a special selection of Grippes powerful and dramatic sculpture and some of his iconic works on paper. A special highlight is a presentation of the rare portfolio 21 Etchings and Poems, a project initiated by Peter Grippe when he was director of the renowned Atelier 17 print workshop and is a result of nearly 10 years of work. The portfolio, published in 1960, is a noteworthy collaboration between the visual and literary arts and features the work of poets and artists such as Frank OHara, Dylan Thomas and Willem de Kooning. Each print includes a poem written in the authors hand paired with imagery created by some of the leading artists of the time. It is considered a landmark of mid-20th century American print publishing and is unique in its inclusion of writers and artists from across the 1950s cultural spectrum.
Grippe was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and studied at the Albright-Knox Art School and the Art Institute of Buffalo. He taught at the Pratt Institute, Smith College, and served as the first professor of sculpture and graphics at Brandeis University. In addition, the artist taught at and eventually led Atelier 17 in New York, the highly influential print studio. Grippes work is included in a number of U.S. museums including: The Brooklyn Museum of Art; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Cleveland Museum of Art; and Whitney Museum of Art, N.Y.