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Ben Shahn    (American, 1898-1969)

 Ben Shahn - Untitled (The Noyes School of Rhythm) (Photographs) h: 6 x w: 9 in / h: 15.2 x w: 22.9 cm
Ben Shahn
Untitled (The Noyes School of Rhythm)

1898 Born in Kovno (Kaunus), Lithuania
1906 Emigrated with his family to New York in 1906
1913 Served as an apprentice to a lithographer
1917 - 1921 Studied art at New York University, City College of New York and the National Academy of Design
1922 Married Tillie Goldstein
1925 - 1929 Traveled several times to Europe and North Africa with his wife
1929 Birth of daughter Judith
1930 First solo exhibition at The Downtown Gallery in New York. A work is also exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art
1930 His reputation as a leading artist in the social realist movement is cemented
1931 Shared a studio with photographer Walker Evans in New York
1931 - 1933 Painted his most famous series of works: “The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti,” followed by “The Mooney Series”
1933 Worked with muralist Diego Rivera for a mural at Rockefeller Center in New York
1933 Birth of son Ezra
1935 After divorcing Tillie, remarried to Bernarda Bryson
1936 Birth of daughter Susanna by Bernarda
1937 Moved to Jersey Homesteads (Roosevelt), New Jersey
1933 - 1938 Worked as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration, recording images of Depression era America
1938 Birth of son Jonathan
1937 - 1943 Created several public murals, including one for the Bronx Courthouse, New York
1947 Retrospective exhibition is shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1954 With Willem de Kooning, chosen to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale
1956 - 1957 Served as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. His Norton Lectures are published by Harvard as “The Shape of Content”
1969 Died in New York, NY

2007 American Modernism, The de Yound Museum, San Francisco, CA
2007 For the People, The Frances Lehmen Loeb Art Center, Pougheepsie, NY
2006 Starting at Zero - Black Mountain College 1933-57, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (England)
2005 The Bitter Years, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Ft. Myers, FL
2004 American Expressionism - Art and Social Change, 1920s-1950s, Mary and Leigh Blcok Museum of Art, Evanston, IL
2003 New York - Capitale de la photographie (1900-2000), Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne
2002 New York: Capital of Photography, MMoCA - THe Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
2001 Greed and Other Recent Acquisitions, ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY
2000 Propaganda and dreams - photography of the 1930s in the USSR and the USA, The State Russian Museum - Mikhailovsky Castle, St. Petersburg
1999 Propaganda and dreams - Photographing the 1930s in the USSR and the US, ICP - International Center of Photorgraphy, New York City, NY
1998 The Posters American Style, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
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