Ibram Lassaw American, 1913-2003


Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1913, Ibram Lassaw traveled and lived throughout Europe including North Africa, Tunis, Malta, Naples, Marseille, and Istanbul before settling in Brooklyn, all before he was 9 years old. His education in the arts included clay-modeling classes at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, modeling from life at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, and a year of art courses at City College. He was involved with the Public Works of Art Program, and taught sculpture under the Federal Arts Project while maintaining a personal practice in his own studio. Abandoning figuration for good in 1933, Lassaw began began brazing with rods of various alloys, his first drip metal sculptures. In 1937, he organized the American Abstract Artists group.

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