Louis Ribak (1902-1979)



Louis Ribak was born in Lithuania in 1902 and immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of ten. During the 1920’s he studied at the Art Students League in New York City with his mentor, John Sloan. He found success in the city as a social realist painter, collaborating with Diego Rivera on a mural in Rockefeller Center, exhibiting at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and participating in the 1934 Venice Biennale.

Ribak worked as a muralist for the Works Progress Administration during the 1930’s. In 1929 he became a founding member of the John Reed Club, an organization dedicated to Marxist thought, art and literature. The following year Ribak joined the Silk Screen Group, a coalition of artists who believed that the print medium was "people's art of the twentieth century.”

In 1944 Ribak married fellow artist Beatrice Mandelman and the couple moved to Taos, New Mexico on the recommendation of John Sloan. The move to Taos marked a shift away from Ribak’s social realist work and towards abstraction. Ribak and Mandelman opened the Taos Valley Art School, where they both taught classes. Students at the school included artists Oli Sihvonen and Edward Corbett.

The couple opened Gallery Ribak out of their Taos home in 1953. They exhibited their own work alongside other artists, including painter Agnes Martin. Along with Martin, Ribak and Mandelman were influential in the development of the group known as the Taos Moderns. Ribak continued to teach and paint until his death in 1979.

Schools of Study

Art Students League, NY

Partial List of Collections

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Dallas Museum, Dallas, TX
El Paso Museum, El Paso, TX
Harwood Museum, Taos, NM
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Art at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Frederick R Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Selected Exhibitions

World's Fair, NY 1939
Golden Gate Exposition, San Francisco, CA 1939
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC 1947
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Louis Ribak at 203 Fine Art

Please follow the link below to view the online catalogue for the 2019 exhibition Taos Moderns in Santa Fe, organized by 203 Fine Art.

Taos Moderns in Santa Fe | Exhibition Catalogue on ISSUU

The following exhibition catalogues, published by 203 Fine Art, feature works by Louise Ribak. Please follow the links to view the catalogues on Issuu.

Taos Moderns in Santa Fe | 2019

Taos Moderns Return to The Stables Gallery | 2018

Modern Art in Taos - the Second Chapter | 2016

Taos Moderns: Bridging the Gap | 2015

Selected Works in Our Inventory