Ibram Lassaw, Banquet, 1961, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Harold Tager, Jr., 1975.48
Banquet is built up of thousands of droplets of metal melted over thin rods that are joined by crumpled sheets of copper. The subtle variations in color come from alloys (phosphor bronze, silicon bronze, nickel-silver) and other metals that Lassaw treated with chemicals. The nubbly surface records a process of accretion that resembles stalagmites in underground caves or underwater coral structures that grow over time. Banquet reflects Lassaw’s belief that the universe is holistic—that cosmic and microcosmic, spirit and substance are one.
Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008
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32 x 38 x 25 in. (81.2 x 96.4 x 63.5 cm.)
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Gift of Harold Tager, Jr.
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