Santa Monica, CA, March 12, 2010- Lora Schlesinger Gallery is proud to present the new work by Lawrence Gipe in 1962: New Paintings & Drawings. The exhibition will be on view from April 3 through May 15, 2010, with an opening reception on April 3, 2010, from 5-7 p.m.

Lawrence Gipe’s latest paintings and drawings are derived from photographic images published in 1962 by the Soviet Union. Many of the source photos originally came from U.S.S.R. propaganda tracts written in German aimed at Eastern Bloc audiences to promote and celebrate its achievements and influence. In 1962, the Soviet Union reached its greatest extension of territorial control and morale of its people was high, having just sent the first man into space the previous year.

What intrigues Gipe about the year “1962” is how a totalitarian power decided to portray itself through a self-generated photographic record. Choosing a variety of genres (bucolic and industrial landscapes, portraiture and magazine journalism), Gipe re-presents them as paintings and drawings - creating a new, critical context for the images. The title is also the artist’s birth year, but any tendency towards autobiography is coincidental.

This exhibition links with Gipe’s latest research; last January, he lectured at the Höchschule für Bildende Kunst in Dresden, Germany on the topic of “Nostalgia and Ideology” – it is available as a free web-based essay at He is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art and an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Gipe has received two NEA Individual Fellowship Grants (1989 and 1996). A mid-career survey, “3 Five-Year Plans: Lawrence Gipe, 1990-2005”, was organized in 2006 by Marilyn Zeitlin at the University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ.

Gipe has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and in Europe and has been reviewed extensively in various publications. Examples of his work can be found in the permanent collections of the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Polk Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, among others.