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Exhibition: Ruth Eckstein: Collaged Elements from May 24, 2024 to July 21, 2024 at Childs Gallery, Boston

Ruth Eckstein: Collaged Elements

Press Release:

Abstract modernist Ruth Eckstein was renowned as a master of both painting and printmaking, and frequently pushed the boundaries of both through the incorporation of collaged elements: additions of paper cutouts, wooden pieces, rope strands, and other design embellishments. Ruth Eckstein: Collaged Elements considers these mixed media works throughout the many decades of Eckstein's career, highlighting the artist's adept hand at interweaving layers, texture, and color into deceptively minimalist artworks. 

Of her work, Eckstein explained: "I do not like being confined to a single medium. I like the excitement that comes from switching modes. I like to 'walk' around an idea, deal with it in various ways." Eckstein thus enjoyed freely moving between various media and techniques, yet often threaded ideas together into series which stretched across painting, collagraphy, etching, and screen printing. Though Eckstein created prolifically within each of these media, her finished works were very rarely easily defined as one or the other. Rather, they were amalgamations of artistic techniques, connected through themes, and ornamented with the addition of collage. 

Born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1916, Eckstein took an early interest in art after working in her father's fabric shop as a teenager. In 1934, she fled the Nazi regime for Paris, where she would live for next five years before finally emigrating to New York City in 1939. There, she found asylum within a burgeoning network of émigré artists living in political exile.  Eckstein took painting classes at the Museum of Modern Art and studied under Stuart Davis at The New School for Social Research. With the encouragement of Harry Sternberg, her teacher at the Long Island North Shore Community Art Center, Eckstein enrolled at the Art Students League in New York, where she immersed herself in printmaking techniques as well as painting and drawing, studying with Sternberg, Julian Levi, and Vaclav Vytlacil. Later, intrigued by the woodcut method of printmaker Seong Moy, Eckstein studied with him at the Pratt Graphic Art Center, and also learned etching techniques with master printer Roberto De Lamonica. 

Collaged Elements sees Eckstein's utilization of these various techniques and explores her evolution into mixing media to produce artwork that is bold in its presumed simplicity. Eckstein favored stark color combinations and pared-down compositions to achieve a tranquility of space that belies the labor inherent in each work. By layering flat planes of color and texture, Eckstein imbues depth into her paintings and prints, thoughtfully enhancing and developing the sense of space contained within each. 

Eckstein's work is represented in over fifty prestigious public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Modern Art; the Guggenheim Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the National Museum of American Art; and the Harvard Art Museums. 

Ruth Eckstein: Collaged Elements celebrates the artist's genre defying works, using collage to craft sculptural paintings and layered prints into compelling arrangements of dimensional abstraction. The exhibition is on view May 24 through July 21 with a reception Sunday afternoon, June 9, 2-4pm.

On exhibit until July 21st, 2024
Painting by Ruth Eckstein: Portals II, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
3014×8014IN.
$20,000
Portals II
Painting By Ruth Eckstein: Portals I (black Fields Vii) At Childs GalleryQuick View
30×80IN.
$20,000
Portals I (Black Fields VII)
Painting by Ruth Eckstein: Black Fields XIII: Lindos [], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
54×40IN.
$18,000
Black Fields XIII: Lindos
Painting by Ruth Eckstein: Temple By The Sea / Nagasaki Night, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
46×40IN.
$15,000
Temple By The Sea / Nagasaki Night
Painting by Ruth Eckstein: Black Fields V [], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
42×36IN.
$14,000
Black Fields V
Painting By Ruth Eckstein: Black Fields Vi At Childs GalleryQuick View
30×40IN.
$10,000
Black Fields VI
Painting by Ruth Eckstein: Slospeed XXVI, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
37×33IN.
$10,000
Slospeed XXVI
Painting by Ruth Eckstein: White Diamond / Red Stone [], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
30×2612IN.
$7,500
White Diamond / Red Stone
Painting by Ruth Eckstein: Duo, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
32×20IN.
$6,500
Duo
Painting by Ruth Eckstein: Slospeed XXV, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
3334×3334IN.
$6,500
Slospeed XXV
Painting by Ruth Eckstein: Trails and Traces XIII (left sheet), available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
22×29IN.
$4,000
Trails and Traces XIII (left sheet)
Collage by Ruth Eckstein: Trails and Traces XIII (right sheet), available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
22×29IN.
$4,000
Trails and Traces XIII (right sheet)
Collage by Ruth Eckstein: Wings of Night, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
30×22IN.
$3,500
Wings of Night
Collage by Ruth Eckstein: [Veneer Collage], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
2578×2078IN.
$3,000
[Veneer Collage]
Collage by Ruth Eckstein: Untitled, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
2512×1958IN.
$3,000
Untitled
Collage by Ruth Eckstein: [Abstract Composition in Rust Yellow and Blue], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
2012×17IN.
$2,500
[Abstract Composition in Rust Yellow and Blue]
Collage by Ruth Eckstein: L IX, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
1978×1978IN.
$2,500
L IX
Collage By Ruth Eckstein: Minoan Ii At Childs GalleryQuick View
20×15IN.
$2,500
Minoan II
Collage By Ruth Eckstein: Carrara I At Childs GalleryQuick View
20×17IN.
$2,500
Carrara I
Collage by Ruth Eckstein: Kommos: The Old Palace, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
21×26IN.
$2,250
Kommos: The Old Palace
Print By Ruth Eckstein: Kommos: The Inner Court At Childs GalleryQuick View
19×17IN.
$2,250
Kommos: The Inner Court
Print By Ruth Eckstein: Kommos: The Royal Quarters Ii At Childs GalleryQuick View
23×20IN.
$2,250
Kommos: The Royal Quarters II
Photograph by Ruth Eckstein: Reflections Series XXIX, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
22×18IN.
$2,000
Reflections Series XXIX
Print by Ruth Eckstein: Wellfleet II, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
2034×2012IN.
$2,000
Wellfleet II
Collage by Ruth Eckstein: Two X Two (Reflections Series XXV), available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
22×18IN.
$2,000
Two X Two (Reflections Series XXV)
Collage by Ruth Eckstein: An Ardent But Quiet Brightness (Reflections Series XX), available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
22×18IN.
$2,000
An Ardent But Quiet
Collage by Ruth Eckstein: Peru Evoked (Reflections Series III), available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
22×18IN.
$2,000
Peru Evoked (Reflections Series III)
Painting by Ruth Eckstein: L X, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
17×17IN.
$2,000
L X
Collage by Ruth Eckstein: Clash, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
10×10IN.
$1,500
Clash
Collage by Ruth Eckstein: [Small Collage 1], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
5×8IN.
$1,200
[Small Collage 1]
Drawing by Ruth Eckstein: Small Portals II, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
6×7IN.
$1,200
Small Portals II
Collage by Ruth Eckstein: [Small Collage 2], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
314×514IN.
$1,000
[Small Collage 2]
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