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William Rubin was an art historian and curator. He was director of the Museum of Modern Art’s department of painting and sculpture, and a private collector of Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist art. His acquisitions for the museum include works like Picasso’s “Charnel House” (1944-45), Miró’s Surrealist “Birth of the World” (1925) and two 1950’s cutouts by Matisse, “Memory of Oceania” and “The Swimming Pool.”
Rubin organized many influential exhibitions, starting with “Dada, Surrealism and Their Heritage,” in 1968, and including shows of late Cézanne, two surveys of Stella’s work and a parade of Picasso shows. Among these were an enormous 1980 Picasso retrospective that filled the entire museum; “Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism”.