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"Skyscrapers and Water Tanks, NYC" by Ben Mildwoff, Amer., (1907-1991)
Pen and Ink Wash Drawing, 1926, 8-1/4 x 5-1/2, Initialed "BM" lower right, and signed with a "136 Keap St. Brklyn" address in black ink verso, old rubber cement stains to margins recto, as is typical with his work, on cream wove paper.Immigrating to New York City early in the last century, the artist Ben Mildwoff eventually became both a successful glass manufacturer and designer of mid-century modern furniture; as well as a noted collector of folk and contemporary art. He married Lillian Berliawsky, the sister of sculptor Louise Nevelson, in the mid 1940's. Enjoying an active social life, together they entertained many artist friends in their stylish Manhattan home through the decades until Mildwoff's passing in 1991.