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Sidney Gordin (1918-1995)

Sidney Alexander Gordin (1918–1996) was a Russian-born American artist and educator, known for his abstract paintings, prints, and sculptures. Gordin was born in Chilyabinsk, Russia on October 24, 1918.  At age four Gordin moved to New York City.  He studied at Brooklyn Technical High School and continued at Cooper Union under Morris Kantor and Leo Katz. In 1958 he accepted a position in the art department at University of California Berkeley and taught there until he retired in 1986. In 1993 he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Design. He died in Berkeley, California in 1996.

He had his first group exhibition was in 1951 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, titled "American Sculpture 1951." In 1951 he also had his first solo show at Bennington College in Vermont. In 1959, he had his first solo exhibition in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Dilexi Gallery of San Francisco.


His work can be found in public museum collections including the Whiney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Lowe Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, Farnsworth Art Museum, and Oakland Museum of California.