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Louise Ribak (Lithuania 1902—New Mexico 1979) immigrated to the United States at age ten and settled in New York where he studied at the Art Students League. There he met Joan Sloan who encouraged him to illustrate for the radical periodical New Masses. Committed to Social Realism, Ribak was a member of the short lived John Reed Club and the successful Federal Art Project Silk Screen Group. Ribak married Bea Mandelman in 1942 and was drafted that same year but released in 1944 because of asthma. He and Mandelman moved to Taos, where Ribak switched to nonobjective art and they opened the Taos Valley Art School which closed in 1953 when they returned to New York. Three years later they returned to Taos. His work was included in the 1934 Venice Biennial and is the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and museums throughout the Southwest.
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