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