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The Hyades

1951 Ibram Lassaw Born: Alexandria, Egypt 1913 Died: East Hampton, New York 2003 bronze 13 3/4 x 21 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (34.9 x 54.6 x 16.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost 1986.92.64 Not currently on view


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“One must think and dream directly with the material. The experience of manipulating material teaches the imagination.” Ibram Lassaw, Leonardo, October 1968

Luce Center Label

Ibram Lassaw gave many of his sculptures titles based on stars and galaxies, naming The Hyades for an open cluster of stars in the Taurus constellation. He asserted that he did not intend to create constellations, but saw similarities between the completed sculptures and the arrangement of stars and planets in space. In The Hyades he created the initial shape from welded wire, then gradually built up the form using drips of molten bronze.

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About Ibram Lassaw

Born: Alexandria, Egypt 1913 Died: East Hampton, New York 2003

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