Circumstance at Meridian II - Richards Ruben

Richards Ruben, 1954

(1927 - 1998) During the 1950s Richards Ruben was a major exponent of abstract expressionism in California. After serving in the army during World War II, he studied in Los Angeles at Chouinard Art Institute, in Santa Monica with RICHARD HAINES, and in Pittsburgh with Samuel Rosenberg (1896-1972). Ruben began teaching in 1948, first in Pennsylvania and from the 1950s in Southern California, at Chouinard, 1954-61, the University of California, Los Angeles, 1958-62, and other institutions. After moving to New York in the early 1960s, he taught at the Cooper Union, Columbia University, and New York University. Solo exhibitions of Ruben’s work have been organized in California by the Oakland Art Museum, 1957, and the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1970, and by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, in 1974 and 1976. He has received many awards, including a Tiffany grant and fellowships from the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, the Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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