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American Abstract Artists: 1930s and 1940s

March 14 – April 27, 1991


Artists


Press Release

Artists included in this exhibition: Ilya Bolotowsky, A. E. Gallatin, George L. K. Morris, Byron Browne, Ed Garman, Irene Rice Pereira, Giorgio Cavallon, Dwinell Grant, Ralph Rosenborg, A. N. Christie, Gertrude Greene, Louis Schanker, Burgoyne Diller, Carl Holty, Charles Shaw, Werner Drewes, Gerome Kamrowski, and Vaclav Vytacil

The American Abstract Artists (AAA) was an organization founded in 1937. During the turmoil of the Great Depression and World War II era, the AAA was one of the few groups formed for artists rather than social and political purposes. Its goal was to unite abstract artists, to present their work, and generally to foster appreciation for abstract painting and sculpture.

The American Abstract Artists formed largely as a reaction to traditional academic sensibilities prevalent in the art world. Its members drew their visual and ideological vocabulary from European modernism, particularly Cubism, Neoplasticism, and Constructivism. Resulting was a variety of modernist styles as artists emulated and adapted for their particular expressive and formal needs.