Past Members

Founding Members

The Founding Members were compiled from the AAA Membership List for 1936, the List of Participating Artists for the first American Abstract Artists exhibition at Squibb Gallery in 1937, and a New York Times review of that exhibit. The two Lists contains 39 names and all 39 founders appear in each list. The New York Times review states 39 American Abstract Artists participated in the exhibition and the review includes all 39 names.

Sources

The AAA Membership List for 1936 was published in American Abstract Artists: 50th Anniversary Celebration, exhibition catalog, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, February 6 – April 20, 1986, Hillwood Art Gallery, Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, October 1 – 24, 1986.

The List of Participating Artists for the first AAA exhibition appears in 50 Years Ago: WPA/AAA: November 4–29, 1986, exhibition catalog, Washburn Gallery, New York, NY, 1986.

Jewell, Edward Alden. “Abstract Artists Open Show Today: They Arrange ‘Demonstration of Revolt Against Literary Subject-Paintings’”, The New York Times, 6 Apr. 1937, p. 21.

List of Past Members

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Corrections

John Ferren has been previously listed as an AAA member on this website and in some early AAA literature. While John Ferren exhibited with founding members George L. K. Morris and Charles G. Shaw (along with Alexander Calder and Charles Biederman) in the Five Contemporary American Concretionists exhibition at the Paul Reinhardt Gallery, New York, in 1936, and he is often mistakenly listed as a member of the group, he never joined the American Abstract Artists. [3]

Notes

1. Harvey, Doug. “Matter’s Most: Mercedes’ Nondealership,” LA Weekly, 5 Feb. 2010.

2. Harvey.

3. Price, Marshall N. John Ferren and the Development of Abstraction. Ph.D. Dissertation, City University of New York, 2011.