Flocking, glued multicolored plastics, strung string, and plaster armature, are assembled playfully and inventively. While defying specific categorization, it is clear Rabkin has paid homage to many movements over his decades-long career.

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Please click here to view Leo Rabkin: Paintings and Shadow Boxes as Sculptural Images, a catalog from the artist's exhibition at the Storm King Art Center in 1970, with an introduction by Una E. Johnson, curator of prints at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1941 - 1969.




EDUCATION

Cincinnati Academy of Art
New York University

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1954
Stairway Gallery, New York, NY
1961
Latow Gallery, New York, NY
Gotham Gallery, New Hope, PA
1962
Louis-Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
1963
Louis-Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
1965
Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY
Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit, MI
1967
Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY
1970
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
1971
Farleigh Dickenson University, Madison, NJ
1977
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
1978, 79
Truman Gallery, New York, NY
1980
Parsons-Dreyfuss Gallery, New York, NY
Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY
1981
Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York, NY
Massimo Minini, Milan, Italy
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
2012, 13, 15
Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1950
Addison Gallery, Andover, MA; Art School Annual
Laurel Gallery, New York, NY; University Group Show
1959
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Biennial of American Painting
Hirschl & Adler Gallery, New York, NY; Experiences in Art I and Experiences in Art II
The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; International Watercolor Biennial
March Gallery, New York, NY; Tenth Street Cooperative
1960
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY, New Media I and New Media II
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; New Talents - Three-Man Show
Washington Square Gallery, New York, NY; Group Show
1961
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; New Acquisitions
Silvermine Guild: Center For the Arts, New Canaan, CT; Twelfth New England Exhibition
Carneal House, Covington, KY; Two Man Show
1962
Workshop Gallery, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Painting
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Recent Acquisitions
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Summer Selections
1962/63
American Federation of Arts, Affinities, travelled to: Ohio University, Athens, OH; Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, TN; Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; Adelphi College, Garden City, Long Island, NY; Tennessee Fine Arts Center, Nashville, TN
1963
Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY; Toys By Artists
Silvermine Guild: Center for the Arts, New Canaan, CT; 14th Annual: New England Artists
Museo del Arte Moderna, Genoa, Italy; Watercolor
1963/66
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Abstract Watercolors by 14 Americans, Traveling show in United States, England, Yugoslavia, Greece, India, Ceylon, Australia, and New Zealand
1964
Byron Gallery, New York, NY; 100 American Drawings and Boxes
American Federation of Arts, Three Year Exhibition in American Embassy, Copenhagen, Denmark
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Contemporary American Sculpture
Silvermine Guild: Center for the Arts, New Canaan, CT; 15th Annual: New England Artists
Franklin Siden Gallery, Detroit, MI; Group Show
1965
Gallery of Modern Art, New York, NY; Drawing Society Exhibition
Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Paintings and Sculptures from the University of Michigan Collection
Manhattanville College, New York, NY; College Teachers' Collections
New York University, New York, NY; Artist Alumni of New York University
Riverside Museum, New York, NY; American Abstract Artists Exhibition
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Editions in Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, Some Recent Gifts
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Contemporary Boxes and Wall Sculpture
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Biennial of American Paintings
Graham Gallery, New York, NY; Artists for Core
Finch College, Museum of Art, New York, NY; Recent Acquisitions
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI; One Hundred Contemporary American Drawings
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, West Germany, 10 Jarhresausstellung Malerei und Plastik
Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit, MI; Trio of Watercolorists
1966
Flint Museum, Flint, MI; Group Show
Drew University Art Gallery, Madison, NJ; Two-Man Show
Galerie Eleana Sonnabend, Paris, France, Art Electric
Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Holland, Art Light Show
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; The John Powers Collection
Riverside Museum, New York, NY; 30th Anniversary exhibition of the American Abstract Artists
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Contemporary American Sculpture
Flint Institute of Art, Dewaters Art Center, Flint, MI; Five Detroit Galleries
Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY; Sculpture
1967
Howard Wise Gallery, New York, NY; Lights in Orbit
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Light/Motion/Space
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, Focus on Light
Henry Gallery, Washington, DC, Group Exhibition
Galerie Elena Sonnabend, Paris, France; Art Electric
1967/70
Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; New Expressions in Fine Printmaking (travelled through Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Yugoslavia)
1968
The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; 16th National Print Exhibition
Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY; Plastic as Plastic
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Contemporary American Sculpture
University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; Selection 1968 - Recent Accessions to the University Art Collections
Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY; Destruction Art- Destroy to Create
Riverside Museum, New York, NY; Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors: 27 Annual Exhibition
Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY; Betty Parson's Private Collection
1969
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; American Abstract Artists Exhibition
Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC; Plastic as Plastic
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Contemporary American Paintings
West Chester Art Society, West Chester, PA; Business Collects Art: The Geigy Collection
Sculptor's Guild Gallery, New York, NY; Some New Members
The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL; 31st Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting
Jewish Museum, New York, NY; Plastic Presence
1970
Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI; A Plastic Presence
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA; A Plastic Presence
Sculptor’s Guild, New York, NY; Group Show
New York University, Loeb Center, New York, NY; Group Show/ American Abstract Artists Exhibition
Randolph-Macon College, Lynchburg, VA; Group Show
The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; 17th Annual Print Exhibition
Lever House, New York, NY; Group Show
The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL; 32nd Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting
1971
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; The Contemporary Scene: 1960 to Today
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI; First Hawaii National Print Exhibition
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; A New Consciousness: The Ciba-Geigy Collection
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Sculpture and Graphics
Lever House, New York, NY; Group Show
Louisville Free Public Library, Louisville, KY; Plastic Possibilities
1972
American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; Contemporary Painting and Sculpture
1973
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; 18th National Print Exhibition
travelled to: Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, Union Carbide Exhibition Hall, New York, NY; Group Show
1974
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Tribute to John I. H. Bauer
Lever House, New York, NY; Group Show
1975
Landmark Gallery, New York, NY; 118 Artists' Drawings
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; 20th Century Drawings from the Permanent Collection
Hudson Guild, New York, NY; Rejoice - Art as Affirmation
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY; Inaugural Exhibition
1976
Buecker and Harpsichords Gallery, New York, NY; 40 Years of American Collage
Lever House, New York, NY; Group Show
Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY; American Abstract Artists
1977
Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY; Tenth Street Days, The Co-Ops of the 50's
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY; Group Show: From the Collection
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; From the American Collection
Buecker and Harpsichords Gallery, New York, NY; Softworks/ Fabric Pieces from the 60's
1978
Truman Gallery, New York, NY; Postcards and Other Mail
Landmark Gallery, New York, NY; Tenth Street in 1977
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; 20th Century American Drawings: 5 Years of Acquisitions
Drew University College Art Gallery, Madison, NJ; Reality in Art
Truman Gallery, New York, NY; Five Artists
1979
Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA; Small is Beautiful
1981
Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ; American Abstract Artists
Buecker and Harpsichords Gallery, New York, NY; Sculptural Miniatures and Miniature Sculpture
2015
Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY; Draftsmen Draft

AWARDS

1961
Silvermine Guild Watercolor Award First Prize
1962
Ford Foundation Award for Watercolor shown at Whitney Museum of American Art
1967
Artists of North Westchester, NY, 15th Annual Art Exhibition, Popular Award for Sculpture

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
Finch College, Museum of Art, New York, NY
New York University Art Collection, New York, NY
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
UCLA University Museum, Berkeley, CA
The Woodward Foundation Washington, DC