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 Ruth Abrams  (1912 - 1986)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: outer-space painting, abstraction

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BIOGRAPHY for Ruth Abrams
1912 (Brooklyn, New York)
1986 (New York City)

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Filmmaker, painter, and teacher, Ruth Abrams is best known for her depictions of outer space such as, There Are Unknown Elements in the Universe as Old as Mankind (1962).

Abrams was born in Brooklyn, New York.  Throughout her education she remained in New York City where she attended Columbia University, the Art Students League, and the New School of Social Research.  She also participated in art classes led by influential artists, including Alexander Archipenko and William Zorach, recognized for their use of abstraction in painting and sculpture.  

In addition to painting, Abrams wrote and co directed an art film entitled, Paradox of the Big.  In 1965, she became the art director for the New School of Social Research where she later taught in 1976.   She also taught at New York University, and the Ringling School of Art in Florida.

Ruth Abrams's artwork was shown in solo exhibitions in the United States at institutions which included the Amarillo Art Center in Texas; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; and New York University's Contemporary Art Gallery.  Her solo exhibitions outside of the United States were held at Delson-Richter Galleries in Jerusalem, Israel and the Museum of Fine Arts in Caracas, Venezuela.  Her work was included in group exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Fine Art in Texas, and the Riverside Museum in New York.

Abrams's artwork is now in the permanent collections of Brandeis University's Rose Art Museum; the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pennsylvania; the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; New York University; and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.  Her papers are in the collection of Yeshiva University Museum in New York City.

Submitted by Jena Wuensche
Source: Jules Heller and Nancy G. Heller, North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century

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