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Ibram Lassaw, 90, abstract sculptor

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. -- Ibram Lassaw, an abstract sculptor whose works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, died Tuesday at his home. He was 90.

Mr. Lassaw, a New York School artist who helped found the American Abstract Artists, was known for his colorful metal sculptures with titles that referenced astronomy and science.

Born in Egypt to Russian parents, Mr. Lassaw moved to New York at age 9.

He lived and sculpted in lofts in Greenwich Village and took work from the Federal Arts Project to support himself during the Depression. In 1951, Mr. Lassaw sold his first major sculpture to Nelson Rockefeller and had his first solo exhibition in Manhattan.

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