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Ruth Abrams

American, 1912-1986


Ruth Abrams

Cluster, 1962

Oil on paper mounted on panel
19 7/8 x 16 in
50.5 x 40.6 cm


Ruth Davidson Abrams was born in Brooklyn in 1912. Abrams was a Jewish-American painter that studied at Art Students League, Columbia University, and the School of Social Research. Ruth Abrams was the art director at the Research Association of The New School, and also lectured at the Parsons New School for Design. 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 the 1940s, she exhibited at the American Contemporary Art Gallery with Hans Hofmann and Giorgio Cavallon. As a painter, Abrams belonged to The New York School; she was friends with Willem de Kooning and Milton Resnick. Abrams worked with Charlotte Park and Helen Frankenthaler, and Abrams showed at the Stable Gallery and Tanager Gallery in the 1950s. Her works can be found at the Yeshiva University Museum, Smithsonian Archives, and in an array of important private collections.