RUTH ARMER (1896 - 1977) "Abstraction #250, Circa 1950" Oil on canvas, 24" x 20" Exhibited: San Francisco Museum of Art - 1950
Ruth Armer was born in San Francisco and spent most of her career in that city. She attended the California School of Fine Arts, 1914-1915, 1918-1919 and also studied in New York at the Art Students League with George Bellows, Robert Henri, and John Sloan. Ruth Armer taught at the California School of Fine Arts from 1933 to 1940.
Before WWII she painted in a broad, expressionistic and nonrepresentational style. During the 1950’s her work became more abstract and then during the 1960’s and early 1970’s more hard-edge.
Literature 2016 Sandler, Irving. Women of Abstract Expressionism 2005 Davenport, Ray. Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition 2005 Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson (Editor). The Artists Bluebook 34,000 North American Artists 2004 Landauer, Susan. San Francisco and Second Wave: The Blair Collection of Bay Area Abstract Expressionism 2002 Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California: 1786-1940 1999 Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor). Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975, 3 volumes 1998 Kovinick, Phil; Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick. An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West 1996 Landauer, Susan. The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism 1995 Trenton, Patricia (Editor); Sandra E'Emilio, Erika Doss (et al). Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West 1890-1945 1989 Moore, Sylvia (editor). Yesterday and Tomorrow: California Women Artists 1989 Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California, 1786-1940 1985 DuPont, Diana, K Holland. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Paintings and Sculpture Collection 1985 Petteys, Chris. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Before 1900 1985 Dawdy, Doris. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary (3 volumes) 1985 Falk, Peter Hastings. Who Was Who in American Art:Artists Active Between 1898-1947 1985 Albright, Thomas. Art in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980: An Illustrated History 1976 San Francisco Museum Modern Art. Painting & Sculpture in California, The Modern Era 1975 Smithsonian (Editor). Smithsonian Archives of American Art: Checklist of the Collection 1958 Art Bank of the San Francisco Art Association (SFAA). Painting and Sculpture (in) 1956 Pousette-Dart, Nathaniel (Editor). American Painting Today 1956 Long Beach Municipal Art Center. California Painting - 40 Painters1935 Mallett, Daniel Trowbridge. Index of Artists: International-Biographical, Two Volumes: Includes 1940
Museums Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA), San Francisco, California Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
Exhibitions (Partial known) 1975 Quay Gallery. San Francisco, California 1972 Quay Gallery. San Francisco, California 1939 San Francisco Museum of Art. San Francisco, California 1936 San Francisco Museum of Art. San Francisco, California 1922 Vickery, Atkins & Torrey Art Gallery. San Francisco, California Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Sources: David Carlson, Carlson Gallery, California Edan Hughes, “Artists in California 1786-1940” Thomas Albright, “Art in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980”
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