Ruth Gikow

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Ruth Gikow
Ruth Gikow and family.jpg
Ruth Gikow with Susanna and Jack Levine, c.1950
Born 6 January 1915
Died 1982
New York City
Nationality American
Known for Visual artist, Painter

Ruth Gikow (January 6, 1915 Ukraine - 1982 New York City) was an American visual artist who was primarily known for her work as a painter.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ruth Gikow was born on January 6, 1915 in the Ukraine.[1] Her father, Boris, was a photographer and her mother was named Lena.[2] In 1920 she emigrated to New York City. She studied at the Cooper Union Art School, where she studied with Austin Purvis, Jr. and John Steuart Curry.[3] She joined the New York City WPA Federal Art Project.


In 1939, inspired by the muralists Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, she applied and later won a commission to paint murals for Bronx Hospital, Rockefeller Center and the New York World's Fair.[4] In 1946 she married the artist Jack Levine.[2] In the same year she held her first solo exhibition at the Weyhe Gallery in New York City.[2] A young Eleanor Antin, who would later become a famed photographer and performance artist, modeled for Gikow's early artworks.[5]

With other associates, she founded the American Serigraph Society.[4] In 1959 she was awarded a grant from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.[2] In 1979 she was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member and became a full Academician in 1982.

Public collections[edit]

Her work can be found many institutions, including:



  1. ^ a b "Ruth Gikow, Artist, 67, Dies: Caught The Moods Of People". The New York Times. April 3, 1982. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Gikow, Ruth", Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Art: Moments of Loneliness". Time. December 15, 1961. 
  4. ^ a b "Ruth Gikow". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Eleanor Antin", Jewish Women's Archive, Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d "Keith Sheridan Fine Prints - Ruth Gikow". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 

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