Lassaw, Ibram, b. 1913 d. 2003
Active in New York, N.Y.
Collection size: 1.7 linear feet
Collection Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, slides, documenting the career of sculptor Ibram Lassaw. Some of the material has been compiled by Lassaw's daughter, Denise Lassaw, by photocopying original documents and in some cases, compiling them into booklets for her "Lassaw Archives Project."
Biographical information includes resumes and interview certificates. Among the correspondence are letters from the Public Works of Art Project, the Whitney Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. A notebook labeled Alice Mason contains approximately 50 letters and postcards from Lassaw's friend and colleague Alice Trumbull Mason to Lassaw, 1932-1944, and a few letters from Lassaw to Mason. Writings include teaching notes and a reprint of an article by Lassaw, "Perspectives and Reflections of a Sculptor: A Memoir," 1968. Slides are of works of art. Printed material, loose and in a scrapbook, contains clippings, articles, exhibition catalogs, and announcements. Two booklets compiled by Denise Lassaw contain a variety of photocopied documentation such as clippings, photographs, and images of Lassaw's projection paintings digitized from slides. Also found are notebooks and records from Lassaw's involvement with the Springs Annual Art Exhibition; a portfolio containing poems, reminiscences, art work, and photographs prepared for the memorial service of Lassaw's friend, Denise Brown Hare; three volumes of Lassaw's childhood handmade encyclopedia of art; and mimeographed recipes from various artists, labeled "draft for artists' cookbook."
Biographical/Historical Note: Ibram Lassaw (1913-2003) was a sculptor in East Hampton, N.Y.
Donated 2001 and 2003 by Denise Lassaw, Ibram Lassaw's daughter and Ernestine Lassaw, Lassaw's widow, and in 2015, by Denise Lassaw. Lassaw's daughter, Denise Lassaw, has been organizing, arranging, and preserving her father's artwork and papers since 1996. Material on reels NY65-1, N69-129, N69-130, and 1810 was lent for microfilming 1965-1980 by Ibram Lassaw; material on reel N69-129 was subsequently donated with the 2015 accession.
How to Use this Collection
- Photographs, notebooks, and various papers: microfilm reels NY65-1, N69-129, N69-130, 1810 & 2129 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
- Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.
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Also in the Archives
- Oral history interview with Ibram Lassaw, 1964 Nov. 1-2
- Oral history interview with Ibram Lassaw, 1968 Aug. 26
- Image and Media Gallery items from other collections related to Lassaw, Ibram