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Ben-Zion (American, 1895-1987) Ben-Zion Weinman was the son of a Polish cantor and composer who raised him for the rabbinate. In 1935 he became a founding member, with Mark Rothko, Joseph Solman, and Adolph Gottlieb, among others, of the famed group of American moderns, The Ten (see “The Ten: Birth of the American Avant-garde,” Mercury Gallery, December 1998). In The Ten’s 1938 show, “Whitney Dissenters,” staged to protest the emphasis on regionalism and social realism.