American Abstract Artists
AAA International / 75th Anniversary, Berlin 2011
American Abstract Artists is a democratic artist-run organization founded in 1936 in New York City to promote and foster understanding of abstract and non-objective art.
AAA organizes exhibitions, produces member print portfolios and catalogs. It provides a forum to discuss and expand ideas about abstract art by hosting critical panels and symposia, and publishing the American Abstract Artists Journal. AAA distributes its published materials internationally to cultural organizations and documents its member history in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.
To date American Abstract Artists has produced over 120 exhibitions in museums and galleries across the United States and abroad. AAA’s programs have established the organization as a major forum for the exchange of ideas and exhibiting abstract art.
2011 marked the 75th Anniversary of American Abstract Artists. AAA celebrated this event with numerous exhibitions.
American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio, 2012
American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio is AAA’s fourth edition of prints. The Print Portfolio consists of 48 archival inkjet prints with an with an introduction by Robert Storr. The edition size is 75, with 10 additional copies designated AP (Artist’s Proof) reserved for each artist, and one Printer’s Proof. The American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio was printed by Supreme Digital in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.
AAA Print Portfolios are held in museum and university collections worldwide. They have been exhibited throughout the United States.
AAA 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio Exhibitions
Dynamic Invention: American Abstract Artists at 75
June 29 – October 20, 2013
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
10 Vernon Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Exhibitions
American Abstract Artists International: 75th Anniversary, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France. Mar. 10 – Mar. 31, 2012; also open Apr. 9, 2012
8: Eight American Abstract Artists – Selections from the Exhibition “Abstraction∞”, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA. Mid December 2011 through late January 2012
Fluid: A 75th American Abstract Artists Anniversary Exhibition, Carole Bieber and Marc Ham Gallery, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE. Sept. 2, 2011 – Jan. 21, 2012
American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary, OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY. Curated by OK Harris Works of Art. May 21 – July 15, 2011
American Abstract Artists International / 75th Anniversary, Galerie oqbo and Deutscher Künstlerbund, Berlin, Germany. May 14 – June 18, 2011
The American Abstract Artists, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS. May 10 – Sept. 25, 2011 (curated from the museum’s permanent collection).
Fluid: A 75th American Abstract Artists Anniversary Exhibition, Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, Towson, MD. Feb. 11 – Apr. 9, 2011
Splendor of Dynamic Structure: Celebrating 75 Years of the American Abstract Artists, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Jan. 22 – Mar. 20, 2011
AAA 75th Anniversary Exhibition Reviews
Donohoe, Victoria. “75th-Anniversary Exhibit Celebrates American Abstract Artists,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 Nov. 2011, E32.
MacAdam, Barbara A. “American Abstract Artists: OK Harris Works of Art”, ARTnews, Oct. 2011, p. 107.
WPA Murals and American Abstract Artists
Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum. Digital Collections
and Services (DIG_E_2009_Williamsburg)
The WPA was formed by FDR to provide employment during the Great Depression. WPA workers built bridges, roads and dams, and WPA artists contributed their share to the cultural development of the community by creating public works of art. The early membership of the AAA grew from the ranks of the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Arts Project. Founding members of the American Abstract Artists are believed to have painted the first abstract murals in the United States while employed by the WPA.
American Abstract Artist Journal: On Edge
AAA Journal No.5: On Edge
American Abstract Artists Journal: On Edge is AAA’s most recent journal. The journal examines how artists adapt abstraction’s edge to their own critical thinking and studio production.
On Edge articulates, questions and opens a discourse for abstraction in a time of anxiety and awe, both in the political realm and in the studio. It is devoted to exploring the current socio-political situation of abstraction and also delves into the studio, offering candid conversations with painters, and original essays, both humorous and challenging. The Journal is engaged in the future of abstract and non-objective art. It offers innovative artworks, original visual projects, personal commentaries, critical statements, and poems.
Fifty artists and critics contributed to this beautifully designed full color edition. This is AAA’s fifth Journal. American Abstract Artists Journals function as a forum to engage the art community and as a resource for historical writings and interviews. They also provide educational outreach to new audiences.
Visit the American Abstract Artists members page for links to individual artist’s websites.