History

In Brief

American Abstract Artists was founded in 1936 in New York City, at a time when abstract art was met with strong critical resistance. During the 1930s and early 1940s, AAA provided exhibition opportunities when few existed. Its publishing, panels and lectures provided a forum for discussion and gave abstract art theoretical support in the United States. AAA was a predecessor to the New York School and Abstract Expressionism, and contributed to the development and acceptance of abstract art in the United States. American Abstract Artists is one of the few artists’ organizations to survive from the Great Depression and continue into the 21st century.

Articles, Essays, Texts and Transcripts

This selection of articles, essays, texts, and transcripts augment the existing historical documentation of American Abstract Artists. They illuminate the context of the development of abstract art in the United States and its continued practice.

American Abstract Artists 5th Annual Exhibition, brochure, Riverside Museum, New York, NY, 1941. Essay.

The Art Critics — ! How Do They Serve the Public? What Do They Say? How Much Do They Know? Let’s Look at the Record!, brochure, American Abstract Artists, New York, NY, June 1940.

Donohoe, Victoria. “75th-Anniversary Exhibit Celebrates American Abstract Artists,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 Nov. 2011, E32.

Dorfman, Geoffrey. “Resnick / Reinhardt Debate,” Out of the Picture: Milton Resnick and the New York School. New York: Midmarch Arts Press, March 2003. ISBN: 1877675474.

Editorial Statement,” American Abstract Artists 1938 Yearbook, American Abstract Artists, 1938.

Geierhaas, Franz. “American Abstract Artists Celebrate the First Fifty Years,” Journal of the Print World, Vol. 10, No. 3, Summer 1987, p. 14.

Hofmann, Hans. Address, 1941, given at a symposium held during the American Abstract Artists Fifth Annual Exhibition at the Riverside Museum, New York, NY, Feb. 16, 1941.

How Modern is the Museum of Modern Art?, broadside, American Abstract Artists, New York, NY, 1940.

The Influence of Hans Hofmann,” AmericanAbstractArtists.org, 2010. <http://www.americanabstractartists.org/hofmanninfluence/index.html>.

Jackson, Ward. “Mondrian and The American Abstract Artists,” American Abstract Artists Journal: Reflections on Mondrian, no. 2, Dec. 1997.

Lassaw, Ibram. “On Inventing Our Own Art,” American Abstract Artists, 1938 (Yearbook); and “The Early Years, Part 1,” American Abstract Artists: The Early Years, exhibition catalog, Sid Deutsch Gallery, NY, 1980.

MacAdam, Barbara A. “American Abstract Artists: OK Harris Works of Art”, ARTnews, Oct. 2011, p. 107. (Exhibition review for American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary at OK Harris Works of Art, New York City, May 21 – July 15, 2011)

Mondrian, Piet. Letter to Mrs. Adolph Gottlieb, Feb. 27, 1942.

Pozzi, Lucio. “A Thousand Rivers,” American Abstract Artists International, brochure, American Abstract Artists and BAU Institute, New York, NY, 2010. Essay is also in Italian, Mille Torrenti, by Lucio Pozzi and German translation, “Tausend Flüsse”, by Manfred Mohr and Oliver Gierke.

Slobodkina, Esphyr. “American Abstract Artists – Historical Outline,” American Abstract Artists: Its Publications, Catalogs and Membership. Great Neck, NY: Urquhart-Slobodkina, 1979.

Storr, Robert. untitled. American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio, 2012.

Westfall, Stephen. “The Abstract Tradition.” American Abstract Artists 60th Anniversary Print Portfolio, 1997.

WPA Murals and American Abstract Artists,” AmericanAbstractArtists.org, 2010. <http://www.americanabstractartists.org/wpamurals/index.html>.