Irwin Rubin (1930-2006)



Education


Brooklyn Museum Art School

Certificate, The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY, 1952

BFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, 1953

MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, 1965

     (Yale Norfolk scholarship recipient)



Exhibition History


1956

Solo Exhibition, Studies in Design, University Art Gallery, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

1960 

Little International, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Six Techniques — Six Nationalities, Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibition, Gallerie Iris Clert, Paris, France

New Forms — New Media I, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY (exhibition catalog)

New Forms — New Media II, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY

1961 

Gallery Group: American & European Paintings & Sculpture, Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY

New Directions, The Pace Gallery, Boston, MA

Eighty Works from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (exhibition catalog)

1962

Joseph Konzal, Glen Michaels, Irwin Rubin, Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY

Wit and Whimsy in Twentieth Century Art, organized by The American Federation of Arts, curated by Kenneth B. Sawyer, Stella Elkins Tyler School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, traveled to:

     Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (1962)

     University of Missouri, Columbia, MO (1963)

     Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI (1963)

     Utah Museum of Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT (1963)

     Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (1963)

     Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonia, TX (1963)

     University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI (1963)

     State University of New York, Oswego, NY (1964)

1963

The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Contemporary Art, Jewett Art Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA (exhibition catalog)

Group Exhibition, Irwin Rubin, Karin Van Leyden, Sheldon Machlin, Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY

1964

Paintings and Construction of the 1960’s: Selected from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (exhibition catalog)

Group Exhibition, Stable Gallery, New York, NY

1965

Art of the 50’s and 60’s: Selections from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, “Old Hundred,” The Larry Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT (exhibition catalog)

A Contemporary Collection of Painting and Sculpture: Selected from the Collection of Eleanor Ward, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT (exhibition catalog)

Group Exhibition, Byron Gallery, New York, NY

1967

Group Exhibition of Members’ Gallery Collection, The Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1969

Selections from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, University of Notre Dame Art Gallery, South Bend, IN (exhibition catalog)

West Side Artists 1969, Goddard-Riverside Community Center, New York, NY (exhibition catalog)

1971

Education of an Architect: A Point of View, teaching statement and students’ work exhibited, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (exhibition catalog)



Public Collections


Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, bequest of Richard Brown Baker

RISD Museum, Providence, RI, bequest of Richard Brown Baker

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE, bequest of Bertha Schaefer

New York University, New York, NY, gift of Philip Johnson



Bibliography


“Irwin Rubin to Show ‘Studies in Design,’” Florida State University publication, 1956

Bernard Chaet “Paper Collage and Permanency: Interview with Irwin Rubin,” Studio Talk, Arts, vol. 32, no.4, January 1958, p. 62-63 (illustration)

Bernard Chaet, “Paper Collage: Irwin Rubin,” Artists at Work, Webb Books (Cambridge, MA), 1960, p. 69-71 (illustration)

“For Your Information: Art and Trade Shows Worthy of Note,” Interiors, vol. CXX, no. 2. September 1960, p. 20, 200, fig. 6 (illustration)

Stuart Preston, “Art: Opening Salvos — Barrage of Group Shows Proclaims the Arrival of New Season,” The New York Times, September 17, 1960, p. 47

“New Solo and Group Exhibits,” Herald Tribune, September 18, 1960

N.E., “Six Techniques, Six Nationalities,” Art News, October 1960

Lawrence Alloway, Martha Jackson, Allan Kaprow, New Forms — New Media I, exhibition catalog, Martha Jackson Gallery, October 1960, [p. 17] no. 62

Robert Taylor, “Events in Art: Pace Group,” The Boston Herald, January 15, 1961

Richard Brown Baker, Martin L. Friedman, “A Major Collection of Recent Art,” Eighty Works from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, exhibition catalog, Walker Art Center, 1961, [p. 4, 13] no. 61

Irwin Rubin, “New Talent USA: Painting” selected by Richard Brown Baker and Dorothy Gees Seckler, Art In America, vol. 50, no. 1, 1962, p. 30 (illustrations)

John Canaday, “Sculpture Coming Up: It Dominates Painting in the Sixties,” The New York Times, January 7, 1962, p. 131

Alice Adams, “Exhibitions: The Wall,” Craft Horizons, vol. 22, no. 2, March 1, 1962, p. 41

Julia Gray Phelps, The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Contemporary Art, exhibition catalog, Jewett Art Center, Wellesley College, May 1963, p.4

“Gallery Shows, Museum Exhibits,” The New York Times, December 1, 1963, p. 214

Hugh J. Gourley III, Richard Brown Baker, Paintings and Construction of the 1960’s: Selected from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, exhibition catalog, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, October 1964, [p. 28] no. 38-41

Art of the 50’s and 60’s: Selections from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, exhibition catalog, The Larry Aldrich Museum, April 1965, no. 89-90 (illustration)

Dore Ashton, A Contemporary Collection of Painting and Sculpture: Selected from the Collection of Eleanor Ward, exhibition catalog, Lyman Allyn Museum, May 1965, [p. 28, 31]

Anthony J. Lauck, Selections from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, exhibition catalog, University of Notre Dame, January 1969, [p. 1, 8], no. 45 (illustration)

West Side Artists 1969, exhibition catalog, Goddard-Riverside Community Center, April 1969, p. 6, no. 28

Louis Calta, “To Children A-R-T is as Easy as A-B-C: West Side Center Teaches Meaning of Hue and Form” The New York Times, May 4, 1969, p.62

Joh Hejduk, et al., “Freehand Drawing,” Education of an Architect: A Point of View, exhibition catalog, Cooper Union (New York, NY), 1971, p. 35-45, 323 (illustrations of students’ work)

Cynthia Maris Dantzic, Design Dimensions: an Introduction to the Visual Surface, Prentice Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1990, p. 35, 58, fig. 1.32, 2.34 (illustrations of students’ work)

Alexander Caragonne, et al., The Texas Rangers: Notes from an Architectural Underground, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA - London, England), 1995, p. 2, 11, 51, 67, 174, 368 (illustration of students’ work)

Peter Hastings Falk, et al., editors, “Irwin Rubin,” Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America, Vol. III, P-Z, Sound View Press ((Madison, CT), 1999, p. 2849

John Hejduk, et al., “Freehand Drawing,” Education of an Architect: The Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, 1964-1971, The Monacelli Press (New York, NY), 2000 (illustrations of students’ work)

Anna Hammond, editor, “Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008: Modern and Contemporary” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 2008, Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), 2008, p. 217, 229



Lending Libraries


Art Lending Service, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1961-1968 (consigned by Bertha Schaefer Gallery)

Members’ Gallery (formerly the Picture Lending Service), Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1964-1969 (consigned by Bertha Schaefer Gallery)



Gallery Affiliations


Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY

Stable Gallery, New York, NY



Teaching Experience


1956 School of Architecture, University of Texas, Austin, TX

     Instructor: Color and Drawing

1956-1958 Department of Art, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

     Assistant Professor: Color, Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design

1964-1967 Foundation Department, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

     Adjunct Instructor: Color

1967-1974 Department of Architecture, The Cooper Union, New York, NY

     1967-1971 Adjunct Instructor: Drawing

     1968 Summer Program for the Disadvantaged: Drawing

     1971-1974 Assistant Professor: Color, Drawing, and (Art School) Two- Dimensional Design

1974-2001 School of Art, The Cooper Union, New York, NY

     1974-1977 Assistant Professor: Color and Drawing

     1977-1992 Associate Professor: Color and Advanced Color

     1991-1993 Acting Associate Dean

     1992-2001 Professor: Color



Professional Experience


1958-1963 Art Director, McGraw Hill Book Company, Webster Division, New York, NY

1968-1984 Art Director, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., School Division, New York, NY

1984-1990 Freelance Designer and Production Designer, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., and Holt Rinehart Winston, New York, NY