Ruth Armer

American, 1896 - 1977
Ruth Armer (1896-1977)

Ruth Armer was born in San Francisco and spent most of her career in that city. She attended the California School of Fine Arts, 1914-1915, 1918-1919 and also studied in New York at the Art Students League with George Bellows, Robert Henri, and John Sloan. Ruth Armer taught at the California School of Fine Arts from 1933 to 1940.

Before WWII she painted in a broad, expressionistic and nonrepresentational style. During the 1950’s her work became more abstract and then during the 1960’s and early 1970’s more hard-edge.

2005 Davenport, Ray. Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition
2005 Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson (Editor). The Artists Bluebook 34,000 North American Artists
2004 Landauer, Susan. San Francisco and Second Wave: The Blair Collection of Bay Area Abstract Expressionism
2002 Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California: 1786-1940
1999 Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor). Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975, 3 volumes
1998 Kovinick, Phil; Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick. An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West
1996 Landauer, Susan. The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism
1995 Trenton, Patricia (Editor); Sandra E'Emilio, Erika Doss (et al). Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West 1890-1945
1989 Moore, Sylvia (editor). Yesterday and Tomorrow: California Women Artists
1989 Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California, 1786-1940
1985 DuPont, Diana, K Holland. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Paintings and Sculpture Collection
1985 Petteys, Chris. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Before 1900
1985 Dawdy, Doris. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary (3 volumes)
1985 Falk, Peter Hastings. Who Was Who in American Art:Artists Active Between 1898-1947
1985 Albright, Thomas. Art in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980: An Illustrated History
1976 San Francisco Museum Modern Art. Painting & Sculpture in California, The Modern Era
1975 Smithsonian (Editor). Smithsonian Archives of American Art: Checklist of the Collection
1958 Art Bank of the San Francisco Art Association (SFAA). Painting and Sculpture (in)
1956 Pousette-Dart, Nathaniel (Editor). American Painting Today
1956 Long Beach Municipal Art Center. California Painting - 40 Painters1935 Mallett, Daniel Trowbridge. Index of Artists: International-Biographical, Two Volumes: Includes 1940

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA), San Francisco, California
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California

Exhibitions (Partial known)
1975 Quay Gallery. San Francisco, California
1972 Quay Gallery. San Francisco, California
1939 San Francisco Museum of Art. San Francisco, California
1936 San Francisco Museum of Art. San Francisco, California
1922 Vickery, Atkins & Torrey Art Gallery. San Francisco, California
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

David Carlson, Carlson Gallery, California
Edan Hughes, “Artists in California 1786-1940”
Thomas Albright, “Art in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980”
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