Remembered as one of a few pioneering Abstract Expressionist sculptors, Ibram Lassaw was less well known for his wearable sculptures. Between 1951 and the late 1990s, Lassaw produced an extraordinary array of jewelry for family and friends. Employing unique combinations of metals as well as the techniques, colors, and forms found in his large-scale direct metal sculptures, his welded and brazed necklaces and broaches embody his interests in automatic drawing and surrealist impulses - diverse interests in Zen Buddhism, Cosmology, and quantum physics. This is the first exhibition to focus on Lassaw’s innovative “Bosom Sculpture,” as he called his necklaces and pendants. The exhibition features thirty-six unique examples of jewelry as well as nine of his signature sculptures created over a span of five decades.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue edited by Andrew Wallace, with essays by Nancy G. Heller, Denise Lassaw, and Marin R. Sullivan. Catalogue essays provide context to his life, his contributions to Modernist studio jewelry at mid-century and the forces that inspired him.
Contributing Sponsors: Wynne and David Schafer; Expressions Jewelers
Program Sponsor: Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities