Lawrence Gipe

One Picture and the Next Three

January 9 – February 10, 2007

Lawrence Gipe
One Picture and the Next Three (2007)
Installation view; Alexander Gray Associates

Lawrence Gipe
One Picture and the Next Three (2007)
Installation view; Alexander Gray Associates

Iran, 1946 (2006)
Oil on canvas
60h x 84w in (152.4h x 213.36w cm)

Lombardsbrucke, 1938 (2006)
Oil on canvas
60h x 84w in (152.4h x 213.36w cm)

Palestine, 1946 (2006)
Oil on canvas
60h x 80w in (152.4h x 203.2w cm)

Saudi Arabia, 1948 (2006)
Gouache on paper
28h x 21.5w in (71.12h x 54.61w cm)

Press Release

Alexander Gray Associates

In One Picture and the Next Three, Lawrence Gipe re-represented four archival photographic images as oil paintings, continuing his strategy of severing historical images from their original, politically-charged contexts. The "Next Three” paintings are sourced from a compilation of photographs by David Douglas Duncan called Yankee Nomad. Famous for his association of Picasso in the 50’s, Duncan’s lesser-known journalistic corpus for Life magazine from 1945 – 1949 was a sweeping document of Europe, the Middle East and Indonesia in transition just after World War Two; in the narrative sections of Yankee Nomad, Duncan casts himself as a jaunty American witnessing the final gasps of the old British and French colonial powers dissolving while the United States simultaneously prepares to step into the role of dominant world power.