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R B Kitaj

Born 1932 Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Died 2007.

Ronald Brooks took his stepfather's name. While working as a merchant seaman he attended the Cooper Union in New York, then under the influence of Abstract Expressionism. He went to the Akademie der Bildenden Kunst in Vienna from 1950-52 and came to England where he studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford from 1958-59 and then from 1959-61 at the Royal College of Art in London. His peers included Patrick Caulfield, Allen Jones and David Hockney with whom he established an enduring friendship.

He taught at Ealing and Camberwell Schools of Art, and at Berkeley, University of California in 1967-68 and 1970-71. In 1962 he met Chris Prater of the Kelpra Studio with whom he made collage prints for many years. Originally associated with Pop Art, his work is rich in visual and literary references, expressive of his cosmopolitan and specifically Jewish background and his fascination with Eastern Europe.

Old and New Tables
Go and Get Killed Comrade - We Need a Byron in the Movement
Glue Words
The Red Dancer of Moscow