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Laurie Lipton’s “The Carnival Of Death” at Last Rites, New York

Posted in Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Horror / Goth, Medicine / Anatomy by Suzanne on September 30th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia


Sisters by Laurie Lipton, charcoal & pencil on paper – click to enlarge

Laurie Lipton. Featured here many times before and someone who really doesn’t need an introduction anymore. I guess it’s no coincidence that her upcoming solo show The Carnival Of Death at Last Rites opens on the day my granddad would have turned 101. But he’s been dead for ages and undoubtedly a very handsome skeleton by now.

Knowing Laurie, I bet she also found it terribly funny to have the opening mark Children’s Day in Singapore, World Vegetarian Day, the Independence Day of Tuvalu from the UK, International Day of Older Persons (cause Laurie‘s like TOTALLY ANCIENT – she was the first person ever to have a fine arts degree in drawing!) and of course, being a filthy commie, the National Day of the People’s Republic of China. (Yo, thanks, Wiki!)

Put all of the above information together, add mind-boggling graphite details, cobwebbed Victoriana, anatomy lessons filled with the darkest of humour, lace and crochet that tells stories of homicide sweet homicide, ruffs made of spiderwebs and bone dust, tiaras and chandeliers made of spines, leg and pelvic bones like you’re in fucking Sedlec, iconographic attributes so very batcave they’d make Dürer’s Melencolia I hand over her goff laurels in despair.

Laurie Lipton really is dizzyingly joyful macabre decadence at its best: The dead bury the living.

Or as Laurie puts it:

“Skulls always look like they’re laughing. Maybe the joke is on us?”

The Carnival Of Death opens this Saturday, October 1, and Laurie will be giving a talk and book signing with poisoned tea and anthrax cakes the day after.

Bring your children – it doesn’t matter if they’re half rotten. The deader the merrier.


Bone China by Laurie Lipton, charcoal & pencil on paper – click to enlarge

Opening reception: Oct 1, 2011, 7 – 11 PM

On show: Oct 1 – 23, 2011

Address: Last Rites Gallery, 511 W 33rd Street, NYC, USA, tel: 212.529.0666, email: info@lastritesgallery.com | Map

Hours: Tue – Sat: 2 – 9 PM, Sun: 2 – 6 PM

Preview | Press release | Talk & book signing

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2 comments to " Laurie Lipton’s “The Carnival Of Death” at Last Rites, New York "

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    Tiffany Star O'Brien says:

    just went to her “Tea” at Last Rites gallery what an awesome show!

    October 26th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Glad you enjoyed it, Tiffany! She’s such a unique character and artist.

    November 15th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

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