Tuesday, April 06, 2010

IN MEMORY OF DOROTHY COLE RUDDICK

RUDDICK--Dorothy Cole, an artist, died Tuesday, March 23 in New York City at the age of 84. She was married to Bruce Ruddick, a psychiatrist and poet who died in 1992. She lived in New York City and spent summers with her family in Amagansett, New York. Mrs. Ruddick attended Radcliffe College and Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where she studied with Josef Albers. Upon graduation, she moved to New York where in the early 1950s she drew for Flair, the Fleur Cowles magazine, and Mademoiselle. She also designed textiles for the design firm Knoll, where her colleagues included Isamu Noguchi, Harry Bertoia, George Nakashima, and Eero Saarinen. Her work is in the collections of a number of museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She had one-person exhibitions at numerous New York galleries including the Fishbach Gallery and the Richard York Gallery. Her last project, designed with her daughter Margie Ruddick and WRT for the Durst Organization, is a living sculpture in the Urban Garden Room at Bank of America Tower's 60-foot high street-level atrium space at One Bryant Park, New York. Mrs. Ruddick is survived by her daughters Abby Cole Ruddick of Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia; Lisa Ruddick of Chicago; and Margie Ruddick of Philadelphia; and by three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on April 13th at 6pm at the Fifteenth Street Friends Meetinghouse, 15 Rutherford Place, New York City.

Published in New York Times on April 3, 201o
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