New Book by Lawrence Gipe: Century of Progress

August 25, 2014

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the image of a steaming locomotive or of the roiling plumes of a factory has struck a romantic chord in our collective culture, creating a kind of visual Cult of Progress. Sourcing from mid-20th century magazines using visual rhetoric that fetishized the notion of progress at any cost, California-based artist Lawrence Gipe challenges the 21st century viewer to reflect on bygone eras. This summer, Zero+Publishing presented a beautiful new book, Lawrence Gipe: Century of Progress, containing 49 color plates and featuring Gipe’s paintings from the '80s and 90s. Printed on Japanese matte art paper, hardbound in an edition of 100, with an interview by Marshall Price.