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Ben Shahn

September 12, 1898 - March 14, 1969


Born in Lithuania, Ben Shahn emigrated with his family to the United States as a child. When he graduated from elementary school he was apprenticed to a lithographer. He would go on to study at New York University and other institutions in the 1920s.

Shahn was always interested in social injustice and oppression. He was an assistant to Diego Rivera for the infamous Rockefeller Center mural and was a muralist himself. He created posters and was known for his photography for the Resettlement Administration, documenting families in the American South, as well as his painting.

Willam de Kooning and Shahn represented the United States in the 1954 Venice Biennale. In the 1960s he worked as a commercial artist for CBS and prominent magazines of the time. He only accepted work and commissions that were of personal or social value.

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