Sidney Jonas Budnick

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Sidney Jonas Budnick

Sidney Jonas Budnick (June 18, 1921 – August 25, 1994) was an American abstract artist. He was born and raised in New York City.


While living in New York, Sidney Budnick met the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. Budnick was greatly influenced by Mondrian's work and the De Stijl art movement. Budnick studied under Hans Hofmann, an abstract expressionist artist and teacher, and was friends with Harry Holtzman and Carl Holty, founders of the American Abstract Artists group.[1]

Sidney Budnick also was encouraged by Hilla Rebay, the artistic advisor for Solomon R. Guggenheim. In 1939, Guggenheim and Rebay opened the Museum of Non-objective Painting, later named the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Rebay supported many artist, including Sidney Budnick, by hiring them as support staff at the museum.[2] Some of Sidney Budnick's early work is classified with other works of the Museum of Non-objective Painting.[3][4]

Later work exhibited at the Portland Lawrence Gallery [5] in 2008

After serving in the army during World War II, Budnick earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the IIT Institute of Design. While there, he studied under László Moholy-Nagy, the founding director of the New Bauhaus and head of the School of Design (renamed the Institute of Design in 1944).[6]

In 1952 he completed his Master of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design studying under Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus school in Germany.

Sidney Budnick was an architect for the Department of Parks and Recreation for the State of California for many years.

Although Sidney Budnick earned his living as an architect in California, supporting his wife and three children, he painted throughout his life until he died in 1994 in Oregon.

Sidney Budnick's work was included in an exhibition organized by Katherine Kuh[7] at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1948, entitled "American Abstract and Surrealist Art." His work is included in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art and the J. Donald Nichols collection.


  1. ^ "American Abstract Artists". American Abstract Artists. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  2. ^ Lukach, Joan M., Hilla Rebay, In Search of the spirit in Art, New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1983, p 153
  3. ^ Wake Forest University, American Abstract Art of the 1930s and 1940s: The J. Donald Nichols Collection, 1998, p 16, 17, 112, 113
  4. ^ "Hilla Rebay records". 13 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Lawrence Gallery - Home".
  6. ^ The New Bauhaus/Institute of Design - A Legacy for Chicago ("Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2014-11-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link))
  7. ^ admin (21 February 2018). "Kuh, Katharine". Berman, Avis. "The Katharine Kuh Gallery: An Informal Portrait." in The Old Guard and the Avant-Garde. Prince, Sue Ann, ed. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1990, pp. 155-69; Kuh, Katherine. My Love Affair with Modern Art: Behind the Scenes with a Legendary Curator. New York: Arcade, 2006; [obituary] Smith, Roberta. "Katherine Kuh, Art Connoisseur And Writer, 89." New York Times January 12, 1994, p. B7.

Further reading[edit]

  • Wake Forest University, American Abstract Art of the 1930s and 1940s: The J. Donald Nichols Collection, 1998
  • Katherine Kuh, Abstract and Surrealist American Art. Prize Winners: The Fifty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago, 1947

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