New York

Ibram Lassaw

Zabriskie Gallery

To say that Ibram Lassaw’s new work remains within Abstract Expressionist parameters is not to devalue it. Free of the pressures of avant-gardism, Lassaw, in his first show in 10 years, is able to renew and refine what to many is a dead sculptural language, hardly a lesser task for one of its prophets.

Most of the 17 pieces in the present show are cagelike in form, welded grids of thin brass rods. “Cage,” the connotation, is wrong; though labyrinthine, the sculpture liberates. Bright, aerated, it is a magical design of reflection and shadow. It seems to form itself through the interplay of linear relations. The chemical corrosion of the brass exposes the material as the welded joints expose the process. The sculpture is at once natural and surreal (the cage imagery), expressive and constructed.

Indeed these are the bases of Abstract Expressionist sculpture which Rosalind Krauss outlines in

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