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Blank, Boris Pinkhusovich
Бланк, Борис Пинхусович
Born 1897 Liepaja (Libava), Russian Empire; died 1957 Kharkov, Ukrainian SSR

Boris Blank was a graphic artist, illustrator and a poster artist. He was also one of the founders of a graphics school in Kharkov, Ukrainian SSR. Born in the city of Libava in what is today the Republic of Latvia, Blank studied at the Kharkov Art Institute from 1922 to 1929. He went on to take-up teaching position at the Art College in Kharkov (1930-1932) and, he was later an instructor at the Art Institute of Kharkov (1933-1934, 1947-1950).

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Boris Blank was a graphic artist, illustrator and a poster artist. He was also one of the founders of a graphics school in Kharkov, Ukrainian SSR. Born in the city of Libava in what is today the Republic of Latvia, Blank studied at the Kharkov Art Institute from 1922 to 1929. He went on to take-up teaching position at the Art College in Kharkov (1930-1932) and, he was later an instructor at the Art Institute of Kharkov (1933-1934, 1947-1950).

Blank participated in numerous regional and All-Union exhibitions starting in the mid-1920s. In 1954, he took part in the Exhibition of Fine Arts of the Ukrainian SSR held at the State Tretiakov Gallery at Moscow that was dedicated to the 300th unification anniversary of Russia and Ukraine. In addition to graphic design, Blank produced woodcut and linocut designs, easel graphics and numerous book illustrations. He also had experience with printing and industrial graphics. Works of Boris Blank are housed in the Ukrainian art museums at Kharkov and Berdiansk as well as in the Kazakhstan art gallery and, in a bevy of museums around the Russian Federation.

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Sources & Citations

Velmarn, B. V. (1971). Istoriia iskussta narodov SSSR. Moskva: Izobrazit iskustvo. (entry on B. Blank)
Vrona, I. (1958). Ukraïns'ka radians'ka hrafika. Kiev: Derzh vyd'vo obrazotvorchoho mystetstva i muzychnoï lit'ry URSR. (entry on B. Blank)
tramvaiiskusstv.ru (entry on B. Blank)