Ibram Lassaw papers, 1928-2003

Lassaw, Ibram, b. 1913 d. 2003
Sculptor, Metalworker
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 1.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: Letters, photographs; writings; notebooks; daybooks; slides. Also found are 0.4 ft. of material compiled by Lassaw's daughter, Denise, regarding her father's work.

REEL NY65-1: Ca. 200 photographs of Lassaw and his work, 1929-1964.

REEL N69-129: Letters received; writings on diverse subjects, such as art, religion and philosophy; drafts of articles and lectures; biographical sketches; typescript of interview with Lassaw and transcript of TV program in which he appeared along with Theodore Roszak discussing their sculptures commissioned by Yale & Towne; jottings of ideas and techniques for sculpture, and personal reflections. Also included are notebooks recording daily activities, sculpture ideas, philosophical reflections, quotes from the writings of artists, philosophers and religious figures.

REEL N69-130 Continuation of notebooks recording daily activities, sculpture ideas, philosophical reflections, quotes from the writings of artists, philosophers, and religious figures. Dates include Sept. 20, 1958 - 1961.

REEL 1810: Daybooks, 1963-1979, in which Lassaw writes of his daily activities; quotes from philosophers, religious figures, and ancient writings; makes philosophical observations; and makes rough sketches of ideas for his sculpture. Those mentioned include Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Bill King, Herman Cherry, Jim Brooks, Adolph Gottlieb and Peter Selz.

REEL 2129: A xerox copy of an inventory notebook, 1929-1958, listing Lassaw's works of art with a description of each work including the title, date, medium and size. The notebook also contains records of the owners, selling prices, where and when each work was exhibited and reproduced, and some sketches of the works of art. Also included is an article, "Perspectives and Reflections of a Sculptor: A Memoir," about Lassaw, 1968.

UNMICROFILMED: Material, mostly photocopies, compiled by Denise Lassaw, daughter of Ibram Lassaw and Curator of the Ibram Lassow Studio. Included are biographical information, correspondence, and interviews with Lassaw. Also included are exhibition catalogs and announcements as well as a booklet of digital projection paintings and a booklet entitled "The Lassaw Archives Project" compiled by Denise Lassaw. Much of this material can also be found on microfilm reel N69-129.

Biographical/Historical Note: Ibram Lassaw (1913-2003) was a sculptor in East Hampton, N.Y.

Material on reels NY65-1, N69-129, N69-130, & 1810 lent for microfilming 1965-1980 by Ibram Lassaw. Material on reel 2129 donated 1980 by Lassaw. Additional papers (mostly photocopies) donated in 2001 by Denise Lassaw. Material donated 2003 by Denise and Ernestine Lassaw . Denise Lassaw is the daughter of Ibram Lassaw, who still resides in East Hampton. Since 1996 Denise has been organizing, arranging, and preserving Lassaw's artwork and papers. Denise prepared the Lassaw Archives to aid scholars seeking information about Lassaw. Ernestine Lassaw is the wife of Ibram and mother of Denise.

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