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IBRAM LASSAW, (1913 - 2003, AMERICAN) Untitled.
Pencil and watercolor on paper, 1943. 197x260 mm; 7 3/4x10 1/4 inches. Signed, Lassaw, and dated, 1943, lower right.
Provenance: The Penny and Elton Yasuna Collection, NY.
Exhibited: Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, The Second Wave: American Abstraction of the 1930s and 1940s, Selections from the Penny and Elton Yasuna Collection, September 12 - December 1, 1991. Other venues: Samuel P Harn Museum, University of Florida, Gainsville, February 23 - April 12, 1992; Delaware Art Museum, Willmington, October 3 - November 29, 1992.
Published: Strickler, Susan, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, The Second Wave: American Abstraction of the 1930s and 1940s, Selections from the Penny and Elton Yasuna Collection, illustrated, p. 59, plate 23.
In 1936, at the studio of sculptor Ibram Lassaw, a group of artists began meetings and formed the American Abstract Artists group in 1937. As one voice, they overcame the exclusion faced by modernist American artists from museum and gallery exhibitions, and funded shows of their own. Amongst the founding members were Ibram Lassaw, Carl Holty, Charles Green Shaw, Werner Drewes, John Opper, and Giorgio Cavallon. Later members also include John Little, Judith Rothschild, and Sidney Gordin.