1091 Bathurst Street Toronto
Canada M5R 3G8
Ruth Abrams (1912-1986)
Ruth Abrams was born in Brooklyn, New York. In the 1930s she studied art at the Art Students' League at Columbia University and the School of Social Research, and worked in the asteliers of sculptors William Zorach, Alexaner Archipenko, and Jose de Creeft, and painters John Graham, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Walter Harrison.
At the age of nineteen Abrams married Charles Abrams, who would later become a prominent urban planner and housing expert as well as a member of Governor Harriman's cabinet. The couple had two daughters, Judith and Abby.
Between 1965 and 1966, Abrams was Art Director for the New School of Social Research Association.
She also lectured at the Parsons School of Design and elsewhere on changing perceptions of space as affected by advance space technology.
Abrams was a painter of the New York School. As early as the 1940s she exhibited at the American Contemporary Art Gallery along with Hans Hofmann, I. Rice Pererira and Giorgio Cavallon and, over the years, remained closely associated with Abstract Expressionists. Abrams devoted an impressive body of work to such problems as visual perspective and the technique of action painting in relation to cosmic space. She created a series of paintings in small format called Miscrocosms. In the 1970s Abrams produced a film, Paradox of the Big, to further explain her artistic vision. The film sought to remove the viewer from any sense of scale and concentrated on the vision of the work, the loss of horizon line, the sense of endlessness, and speed that Abrams wanted to impart. She had over 40 solo and group shows.
1950's Oil on Canvas 24 X 30