4 May 1913, Alexandria, Egypt -
30 December 2003, East Hampton, NY, USA
Ibram Lassaw was one of the first American artists to create abstract expressionist sculptures in welded wire and melted bronze alloys for the body, which he called 'Bosom Sculptures'. Like Harry Bertoia, Alexander Calder, and Claire Falkenstein, Lassaw turned to jewellery as a means to test theories and methods, and to practice his art in miniature. In the 1960s and 1970s he also began plating his pendants with silver or gold. From 1951 until 1968, Lassaw sold some pieces through the Kootz Gallery in New York, while others he sold directly from his studio or gave as gifts to friends.