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Ben Benn
Houses in a Landscape

Oil on canvas
21 ¼ x 25 inches


Oscar Adler

(American 1884-1983)

Ben Benn was born in Kamenets-Podolsky, Russian in 1884 and was living in New York by 1894. He studied at the Art Students League and at the National Academy of Design (1904-1908) and was a member of the Woodstock Artists Association, the American PS & G and the American Artists’ Congress. He exhibited extensively at Neumann Gallery, N.Y. and hung along the line at the Forum Exhibition of Modern American Painters (1916, 1st exhibition). In 1924, Neumann Gallery gave him his first one-man show. He also exhibited at Columbia University (1927), Whitney Museum of American Art (1927-1950), Chicago Art Institute, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC (1932, 1957), PAFA (1942, 1952 winning the Schiedt Award in the 157th Annual Exhibition and in 1966 the Beck Gold Medal); Walker Art Gallery, 1953; Butler Institute of Art, 1954; USA, Society of Independent Artists; Madison Square Garden, NYC 1958; USA Coliseum, NYC, 1959; The Decade of the Armory Show-New Directions in American Art, 1920-30, Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art traveling exhibition, 1963-64; Critics’ Choice, Kane Memorial Exhibition, Providence Art Club, RI, 1965; four solo shows, Babcock Gallery, NYC, 1963-1970; Peabody Waite Award, American Academy of Arts & Letters, 1971; Hirshhorn Museum, 1974; Salons of America.

Ben Benn is represented in the permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Newark Museum; Museum of the City of NY; Albany Institute of Art; Hirshhorn Museum; Baltimore Museum; Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, OH; Knoxville Art Center; Kroller-Mueller Foundation, The Hague, Holland; Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, DC; University of Minnesota and elsewhere. The artist died in Bethel, Connecticut in 1983.

References: Who’s Who in American Art, 1973; Dorothy Adlow, “Ben Benn Exhibition,” Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 18, 1963; Sidney Geist, editorial, Arts magazine, May 1963; Sidney Tillim, editorial, Arts magazine, March 1963; and the Woodstock Artists Association files.