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Born in Cheliabinsk, Russia. After spending his first years in China, Gordin came to New York with his family in 1922. The artist studied at Cooper Union from 1937- 41.  Strongly influenced by earlier examples of Constructivist art, Gordin produced works in a purely geometric idiom. He was commissioned to do sculpture in Oklahoma, New York and for the Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Gordin taught at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn College, New School for Social Research, Sarah Lawrence and the University of California, Berkeley.

Beginning in 1951, Gordin exhibited regularly at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Oakland Museum. Gordin was a member of American Abstract Artists and is represented in the collections of the Lowe Art Museum, Neuberger Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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