RIVA HELFOND   (1910-2002)
Riva Helfond was born in Brooklyn, NY. She spent part of her childhood in Russia and returned to New York at the age of eleven. She studied at the Art Students League with Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Morris Kantor, and Harry Sternberg. In the early 1930s, under the WPA, she was an instructor at the Harlem Art Center (the master printer, Robert Blackburn, was her student) and worked on the printmaking project. Among her friends were artists Willem DeKooning, and Arshile Gorky, and from the Cedar Tavern, Franz Kline and the critic Harold Rosenberg. In 2009 work by Helfond was featured in Industrial Strength, Precisionism in New Jersey, at the Jersey City Museum.
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Miner and Wife, 1937

Pennsylvania Dutch, 1939

Pigeons on the Grass, 1932

Out of the Pit, 1935

Stripping, Early version, 1937/38

The Monster (The Dig), 1938

Miner's Head (or Miner), 1932

Ferris Wheel, 1948

Model Resting, 1946

Midway (also titled Carnival), 1945

Snow Clearing, 1932

Aviators, 1943

No. 6 Colliery (Breaker No. 6), 1937

Coal Pickers, 1934

New York Harbor, 1932

Ile St. Louis, Paris, 1954

Panther Creek Valley, 1932

Curtain Factory, 1938

Sea Movement, 1965

Santorini, 1970