Ruth Gikow with Susanna and Jack Levine, c.1950
|Born||6 January 1915
New York City
|Known for||Visual artist, Painter|
Ruth Gikow was born on January 6, 1915 in the Ukraine. Her father, Boris, was a photographer and her mother was named Lena. 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. She joined the New York City WPA Federal Arts 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. In 1946 she married the artist Jack Levine. In the same year she held her first solo exhibition at the Weyhe Gallery in New York City. A young Eleanor Antin, who would later become a famed photographer and performance artist, modeled for Gikow's early artworks.
With other associates, she founded the American Serigraph Society. In 1959 she was awarded a grant from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1979 she was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member and became a full Academician in 1982.
Her work can be found many institutions, including:
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Museum of Modern Art
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Whitney Museum
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- "Gikow, Ruth", Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- "Art: Moments of Loneliness". Time. December 15, 1961.
- "Ruth Gikow". Georgekrevskygallery.com. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
- "Eleanor Antin", Jewish Women's Archive, Retrieved 23 November 2014.
- "Keith Sheridan Fine Prints - Ruth Gikow". Keithsheridan.com. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
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