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Rudolf Baranik (Lithuanian, 1920-1998)

Baranik immigrated to the United States in 1938. He joined the army in 1942 and worked in the De-Nazification Section. After 1945, he studied at the Chicago Art Institute and the Art Students League, New York, and married May Stevens, an arts activist. From 1949-1950, he studied in Paris with Fernand Lęger. A painter, political abstractionist and self-styled practitioner of "socialist formalism," he led virtually every progressive political movement within the New York art world from the 1960s to the mid-1990s. Baranik taught at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students League, New York.
- Virginia Lee Lierz

Selected Bibliography
Kuspit, Donald. "Rudolf Baranik: An Overview Art." Art Criticism (2000): 98-104.

Craven, David. Poetics and Politics in the Art of Rudolf Baranik. Foreword by Elizabeth Hess. New Jersey: Humanities Press, 1997.

Exhibition. Rudolf Baranik. Tucson: University of Arizona Museum of Art, November 5, 2000-January 14, 2001. Essay by Lucy Lippard.


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