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Published on Sep 24, 2010
Richenburg was a student of Hans Hofmann, and was very much a part of the hey-day activities of Abstract Expressionism in the mid 1950s in New York City. In 1951, after serving in World War II, he was invited to exhibit at the Ninth Street Show, which was the exhibition, supervised by dealer Leo Castelli that helped establish the New York School of painting. He earned money at that time by teaching at Pratt Institute, but resigned in 1964 over the administrations objection to him encouraging a student who was making assemblages out of rags and tin foil. He then took a job teaching at Cornell University and moved to Ithaca with his wife and son. This change meant that he focused more on his teaching than his artwork, but he never stopped painting. In the 1980s, thanks to the support of Bonnie Grad, an art professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, exhibitions were held of his work. Robert Richenburg died at age 89 at his home in East Hampton, New York. Robert Rischenburg included in the following books: