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Reuben Kadish papers, 1851-1995, (bulk 1913-1995)

Kadish, Reuben, 1913-1992

Muralist, Painter, Sculptor, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 7.9 linear ft. (on 6 microfilm reels 5655 - 5660)

Summary: Biographical material, letters, personal business records, an exhibition file, notes, writings, art work, printed material, photographs, and artifacts document the life and career of muralist, sculptor, and educator Reuben Kadish.

Biographical/Historical Note

Muralist, sculptor, educator; Los Angeles, Ca. and New York, N.Y.; b. 1913; d. 1992. Born in Chicago, Kadish moved with his family, in 1921, to Los Angeles, where he befriended Jackson Pollock and Philip Guston, and studied painting under Lorser Feitelson. In 1933, Kadish, Guston, and Jules Langsner were apprenticed to Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, and continued their mural painting until 1940. After serving in the War Artist Unit during World War II, Kadish returned to New York, and worked for Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17. From 1946 to 1957, his family supported themselves on a New Jersey dairy farm, where a 1947 fire destroyed most of Kadish's paintings, inducing him to become a sculptor. In 1960, he began a thirty-year teaching career at Cooper Union.


Lent for microfilming 1998 by Morris and Ruth Kadish, brother and sister-in-law of Reuben Kadish, and executors of his estate. Subsequently donated 2002 by Judd Tully, Chairman and representative of the Reuben Kadish Foundation.