Artist Bios



SIGMUND ABELES is represented in more than 50 museums & many private
collections including:

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Boston Public Library
Art Institute of Chicago
Brooklyn Museum
Williams College Museum
National Academy of Design
Harvard Semitic Museum
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
New York Public Library
San Diego Museum of Art
Yale University Art Gallery
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Arkansas Art Center
Cleveland Museum of Art
Greenville County Museum of Art, SC
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Honolulu Academy of Art
Wichita Art Museum, KS
Worcester Art Museum, MA

Sigmund Abeles studied at the Art Students League with Harry Sternberg, Reginald Marsh and Morris Kantor, and at Pratt Institute, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Brooklyn Museum School. He has a BA in painting from the University of South Carolina, and a MFA from Columbia University. Abeles has exhibited in more than 20 one-person shows; both his works and words are extensively published. Abeles is a frequent lecturer at The National Arts Club, The Art Students League and The National Academy of Design in New York. Abeles' home state of South Carolina will honor the artist in the year 2001/2002 with a major museum retrospective. The University of South Carolina Press is planning to publish a book of Sigmund Abeles life & work.



Michael Benedikt has published five collections of poetry. His most recent volume is The Badminton at Great Barrington; or, Gustave Mahler & The Chattanooga Choo-Choo, a book of love poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, l980). His collections with Wesleyan University Press are Night Cries (prose poems, l976); Mole Notes (prose poems, 1971); Sky (l970); and The Body (l968). His work is represented thusfar in over 60 anthologies of American poetry. Books he has edited include an anthology of global prose poetry--The Prose Poem: An International Anthology (Dell/Laurel, l976), a 600-page anthology which is the first of its kind world-wide and which includes an extensive Critical Introduction. as well as notes on each of the 70 authors it contains. Benedikt has also edited the 375-page The Poetry of Surrealism (Little, Brown & Co., l974), an anthology. of French poetry with a Critical Introduction. It, too, is the first of its kind in English. It includes additional prose poems from France. A former Poetry Edition of The Paris Review, his editorial selections are represented in The Paris Review Anthology (Norton, l990). His literary criticism has appeared in Poetry and American Book Review. He is currently a contributing editor for The American Poetry Review and the new The Prose Poem: An International Journal. He has taught at Bennington, Sarah Lawrence, Hampshire, Boston University, and Vassar College/s; he has also read from his poetry at many other colleges, universities, bookstores, etc. Benedikt is a graduate of Columbia U. & also NYU; & lives in Manhattan, NYC. E-Mail at


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The following is from The New York Times, January 20, 2001:

Recreated by the artist after disappearing in a warehouse theft seven
years ago, a series of paintings of scenes from Kurt Weill's "Threepenny Opera" have surfaced at a Manhattan gallery.

The 19 works by the painter and sculptor Arbit Blatas, who died in
1999 at the age of 90, are on view with a film by Mr. Blatas's widow, Regina Resnik, the mezzo-soprano and stage director, through Jan. 27 at the Leubsdorf Art Gallery at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Mr. Blatas, a Lithuanian-born member of the School of Paris, attended the opera's premiere in Berlin in 1928 and based his paintings on a 1950's revival at the Theater de Lys in Greenwich Village. The production starred Weill's widow, Lotte Lenya, and included Ed Asner, Jerry Orbach, Jerry Stiller and Jo Sullivan Loesser. Many of the actors are recognizable in the paintings.

The originals were to go to a Weill museum in Dessau, Germany, before they were stolen from a Manhattan storage facility in 1994. Mr. Blatas recreated them from photographs.

The show coincided with a musical tribute to Weill on Wednesday at the Kaye Playhouse presented and narrated by Ms. Resnik. The program was sung by Jennifer Aylmer, a soprano, and Michael Philip Davis, a tenor, with Kenneth Merrill on piano. Ms. Resnik joined them in an un scripted "Mack the Knife."


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Born in Almeria, Spain, Federico Castellon was a printmaker who came to the United States in 1921. He was self-taught and received a fellowship from the Ministry of State of the Spanish Republic.

He participated in the 1935 Paris Exhibition of Spanish Artists that included Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, and Joan Miro. In 1943, he became an American citizen, and taught successively in New York City at Teachers' College of Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and Queens College. He won numerous awards including two Guggenheim Fellowships and First Prize from the Library of Congress. A retrospective of his prints was held at the Allied Artists of America in 1978.


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