"A daughter's rediscovery of unsung art"
In his heyday in the 1940s and 1950s, Abramowitz had 13 one-man shows; 11 of his lithographs are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and two paintings are at the Phillips Collection. His letters, essays, teaching notes and photographs of his work up to 1978 are in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian. Read More (PDF file)The Washington Post, December 4, 2011, Jacqueline Trescott
SEPTEMBER 2008 ARTICLE IN THE ALTOONA MIRROR
"New exhibit showcases art from 1930s"
HUNTINGDON - Ben Abramowitz remembers the Great Depression as a bleak time in New York City, when thousands of unemployed residents waited in line for a chance to work. But for Abramowitz, then in his 20s, the experience living through the era wasn't so terrible. Read More
Benjamin Abramowitz's "tremendously energetic style is well worth serious appraisal now and in the future."
The Washington Post, March 24, 1946, Katrina Van Hook
"One-man shows are no novelty in the life of Mr. Abramowitz. Indeed, his first was held at the Brooklyn Museum, when he, a 16-year-old, was chosen from high school students to represent his New York borough in a city-wide competition."
Baltimore Sun, Carol Wharton, January 7, 1951
"...Abramowitz has great talent and ease of expression."
The Washington Post and Times-Herald, December 4, 1955, Leslie Judd Porter
"Dear Mr. Abramowitz, I like your picture Ancestors very much and have been enjoying it from where I sit at my desk. It has a distinguished consistency of design and lyricism of color and conveys the emotion of the subject very successfully. It will be a fine contribution to our Abstract Painting show in March and we will at that time consider the possibility of its purchase."
Letter from Duncan Phillips, January 18, 1952 (Abramowitz was in a show with Miro, Pollock, and deKooning)
"The works of Benjamin Abramowitz are uncompromisingly there. They don't insinuate themselves gently into your consciousness; they don't play tricks with your perceptions. These soberly painted canvases and constructions neither beg your pardon nor aggressively demand attention but occupy their space with dignity and assurance."
The Washington Times, Jane Addams Allen, November 19, 1982
"Getting discovered is one thing, staying discovered is more difficult. With that in mind, Gallery K has set out, in an ambitious and admirable show, to see what 19 veteran Washington artists – all widely admired 30 years ago – are doing today….. The biggest surprise is Abramowitz, now in his seventies, who last showed at Washington Project for the Arts in 1979, and before that at Jefferson Place in 1972. His vigorous cut-out wall reliefs, carved from shapely rounds of wood painted black, make us want to see more. "
The Washington Post, Jo Ann Lewis, June 10, 1989