Period: Late 20th Century
Medium: Metal (nickel silver on monel metal)
Dimensions: 32 x 32 x 28 in. (81.3 x 81.3 x 71.1 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Barbara and James Palmer. Iowa Art in State Buildings Project for Howe Hall.
Iowa State University, Howe Hall
Ariel almost appears to lift off its base into flight. It is representative of the artist's later works characterized by a great sense of selfcontentment, balance and stability. The title may refer to the twelfth of Uranus's known satellites, or to a mischievous spirit from Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Seymour Lipton was born in New York City in 1903. After graduating from Columbia
University he began his professional career as a dentist, but was always interested in
sculpture. In the early 1930s he began sculpting in wood and plaster. During the 1930s
and 40s he participated in many art exhibits, both group and solo. He also taught at the
New School for Social Research, New York. About 1950 he arrived at his mature artistic
style of sculpture. Lipton uniformly worked in an abstract idiom, and he was committed
to content. His work appears to be full of struggle and is often based on challenging and
conflicting subjects. Although the themes are not always obvious, the sculptures can be