Abstract Sculptor Roy Gussow,Who Liived and Worked in Long Island City, Dies at 92


LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- Artist Roy Gussow was born in Brooklyn NY, Nov. 12th 1918. He wanted to be a farmer and went to Farmingdale State College, where discouraged by the repetition and lack of creativity of agricultural work, he changed his program and graduated with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. He was in business in Albany NY when he was drafted into the army. After basic training he went on tour with a bond-raising show in which he demonstrated his ability to take apart and reassemble fire arms blindfolded. His regiment followed the US troops in England and France repairing broken fire arms. During his years in France he became friendly with the painter George Kachergis an army buddy, who convinced Gussow to explore his artistic talents. Thanks to the GI bill, Gussow was able to go to college again and he entered the Institute of Design in Chicago where Lazlo Moholy-Nagy and Alexander Archipenko were his most influential teachers. He became Archipenko’s assistant