Ben Shahn

  • Nonconformity

    Artist, author, and lecturer, BEN SHAHN was born in Russia and emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was eight years old. From an early age he wanted desperately to paint, and to help him toward his goal he took night courses at City College, New York University, and the National Academy of Design. He has had one-man shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Venice Biennale, and his paintings have appeared in many exhibits throughout the country. The article which follows is drawn from one of the Charles Eliot Norton lectures delivered at Harvard last Spring and will appear in book form in The Shape of Content, to be published by Harvard University Press.