Ibram Lassaw. Kwannon. 1952

Ibram Lassaw Kwannon 1952

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This sculpture represents Kwannon (also known as Kannon), the Buddhist goddess of mercy and an attendant of Buddha. Lassaw thickened steel wire with molten bronze, creating an openwork metal scaffolding of irregular lines and voids—what he called a “drawing in space.” Lassaw wrote of this abstract figure, “Although I never try to depict or narrate or communicate, I feel that something of Kwannon entered this piece of sculpture.”

Gallery label from Abstract Expressionist New York, October 3, 2010-April 25, 2011.
Welded bronze
6' 1/2" x 43" x 29" (184.2 x 109.2 x 73.7 cm)
Katharine Cornell Fund
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

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