California, United States
Sidney Gordin was an important early influence on the vocabulary of American abstraction, contributing to the ongoing dialogue between geometric and expressionist representation in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Russia, Gordin immigrated to the United States in 1922 at age 4. After growing up in New York City, he attended Brooklyn Museum Art School (1935-36) and the Cooper Union (1937-41). His works juxtapose the Constructivist conventions, which reflect his Russian background, with the more humorous and arbitrary conventions of Dada. Through his teaching at the Unviersity of California, Berkeley, beginning in 1958, Gordin played a significant role in the development of California painting and sculpture. In 1973 his work was included in the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art's exhibition, "Post-Mondrian Abstraction in America." Gordin's works are represented in the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida, and the Oakland Museum of California.