Eugene Ludins

An American Fantasist

By Susana Torruella Leval

Subjects: Art, New York/regional
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Hardcover : 9780615455105, 156 pages, April 2012

Table of contents

Director’s Foreword
Sara Pasti

Preface and Acknowledgments
Susana Torruella Leval

Peter R. Jones

The World of Eugene Ludins

Eugene Ludins An American Fantasist
Susana Torruella Leval

Eugene Ludins Early Influences
Judith Small Nash

Woodstock, 1929
Tom Wolf

Alliances And Activism
Eugene Ludins’s Social And Cultural Networks
Avis Berman



Peter R. Jones

National Shows
Check List of Paintings
Check List of Drawings

This catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same title, held at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, presenting a retrospective view of the seventy-year career of Woodstock painter and draftsman Eugene Ludins.


This catalogue accompanies the exhibition Eugene Ludins: An American Fantasist, which presents a retrospective view of the seventy-year career of Eugene Ludins. Ludins was a Woodstock painter and draftsman of realist and fantastical landscapes, provocative political allegories, insightful portraits, and whimsical drawings. Beginning with his early residency at the Maverick colony in Woodstock in 1929 and until his death 1996, Ludins was a leading member of the Hudson Valley arts community. He was also the Ulster County Director of the Federal Arts Program of the WPA and an avid baseball player, whose twenty years of teaching at the University of Iowa gave depth and breadth to his work as an American painter. Sixty paintings, thirty drawings, sketchbooks, photographs and memorabilia, and three sculptures by sculptor Hannah Small, Ludins's wife, elucidate the life of an artist who was at once unique and emblematic of his time. The exhibition was curated by Susana Torruella Leval, a well-known art historian and museum consultant.

Susana Torruella Leval is curator of the Eugene Ludins exhibition and has been a member of the Woodstock community since 1974.