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.
“All day long, I observe Nature; people walking in the street the movements of branches in the wine, the patterns made by neon signs and auto headlights on a wet night; marvelous cracks in the pavements; and equally, the range of one’s own feelings; the whole complex of both ‘outer’ and ‘inner’ reality . . . While I am welding a sculpture, no conscious ideas intrude themselves into the work, I have eyes only for the reality of what happens before me.”
– Ibram Lassaw
Dr. Robert C. Springborn and Mrs. Carolyn J. Springborn, Naples, Florida until 2021
Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, IL., Post Was and Contemporary Art, 4 May 2021, lot 38
Zabriskie Gallery, 19??
Phoenix Gallery, Ibram Lassaw: Drawings and Sculpture, Washington D.C., 1982
Galeria de Arte Da Casa Thomas Jefferson, Ibram Lassaw, Brasilia, Brazil, 1985