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The work of artist Robert Kipniss now on display at Indiana Tech

February 6, 2018

“Robert Kipniss: The Whispering Light” is now on display in Indiana Tech’s Franco D’Agostino Art Gallery. This exhibit will be on display through April 27, 2018.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1931, Robert Kipniss is a renowned American artist whose spare but sublime compositions thrill the eye and stir the subconscious. Some writers have linked Kipniss’ landscapes, absent of human presence, to those of Caspar David Friedrich, George Inness, and Camille Corot, but his work, especially later work, departs from these masters with his marked minimal style of muted tones and unadorned, almost geometric forms dominated by the simplicity of nearly straight lines.

Kipniss’ mature work, both paintings and prints, share stylistic characteristics, typically depicting trees and ethereal rolling fields and forests with a hint of human presence but no human figure. A cup, a house or a chair suggests the civilization in which we reside, but the vast expanse of the world we didn’t create dominates each scene, calling to mind the often solitary and sometimes lonely journey of the human soul.

The D’Agostino Art Gallery is open seven days a week: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-noon; and Sunday from 4-6 p.m. It is located on the lower level of Indiana Tech’s Snyder Academic Center. The collection is part of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s traveling exhibition.

The D’Agostino Art Gallery was made possible by a donation from Franco D’Agostino, a 1962 civil engineering graduate of Indiana Tech. Mr. D’Agostino is chairman/CEO of DAYCO Holding Corporation, a company he helped develop in 1971. DAYCO, with its world headquarters located in Miami,  is a construction company and real estate development firm dedicated to large-scale industrial and civil projects. It is also known as a leader in urban real estate development in Venezuela and other countries within the Americas.