Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, founded in the WPA era, and alive and active today

by leslierankowfinearts

DURING ITS YEARS OF OPERATION, THE GOVERNMENT-FUNDED FEDERAL ART PROJECT (FAP) OF THE WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION (WPA) HIRED HUNDREDS WHO COLLECTIVELY CREATED MORE THAN 100,000 PAINTINGS AND MURALS AND OVER 18,000 SCULPTURES FOR MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS, SCHOOLS AND HOSPITAL. THE FAP WAS PART OF PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT’S NEW DEAL DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION THAT SOUGHT TO PUT AS MANY UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS BACK TO WORK AND BUOY MORALE.

IN THIS SOCIAL AND POLITICAL POST-DEPRESSION CLIMATE, ONE OF THE MOST LONG-LASTING AND ACTIVE ARTISTS’ ORGANIZATIONS, FOUNDED IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1940, THAT EMERGED IS THE FEDERATION OF MODERN PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS. WHILE THE WPA FAVORED MORE TRADITIONAL FORMS OF ART, NARRATIVE AND PORTRAITURE, THE FEDERATION OF MODERN PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS SUPPORTS ARTISTS WHOSE WORK IS ALSO ABSTRACT, GEOMETRIC AND MORE EXPERIMENTAL IN NATURE. OUR TRAVEL EXPERT, NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER WHO HEADS TURON TRAVEL CATERING TO INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FOR ARTISTS, ART FAIRS AND ART DESTINATIONS, IS A SERIOUS ARTIST AND A MEMBER OF THE FEDERATION.

THE LRFA BLOG IS VERY PLEASED TO WELCOME NICHOLAS BACK, WEARING HIS ARTIST’S HAT (BERET?),TO TELL US OF THE HISTORY, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF THE FEDERATION.

https://www.fedart.org/

Promote the welfare of free progressive artists working in America; to strive to protect the artists’ general and cultural interests and to facilitate the showing of their work; and to take legitimate action in furtherance of such purpose.

MISSION STATEMENT, FEDERATION OF MODERN PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS, JUNE 19, 1940

Mark Rothko
Sacrificial Moment, 1945
National Gallery of Art, Washington

The Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, founded 1940, emerged from a very energetic period of post WPA American History during which every working group of like-minded professionals created Unions, Associations & Federations, a multiple of political and quasi-political organizations.

It was both through creative and political crossroads that the Federation was formed, taking their cues from the Federation des Artistes, founded in 1871 by Courbet, Pottier Daumier and Manet.  Both historic periods were filled with opposing political and cultural forces, which needed to be addressed by the art world.

Milton Avert
Gaspe Pink Sky , 1940

Founded by Mark Rothko, Adoph Gottlieb, Milton Avery, Meyer Shapiro & Ilya Bolotowski, to name a few of the early members.  The purpose of the Federation is to ‘.. promote the cultural interests of free progressive artists working in America and to facilitate the showing of their work.’  This artistic ensemble measures the merit of the artists’ work, not encumbered by past or present trends or definitions.

 

Ilya Boltowsky
Abstraction, 1940

For over 70 years the Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors has maintained these principles.  Allowing for a free and fluid expression of each member’s work.

Now is its 78th years the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors maintains a very active presence in the art world, while always being nurtured by its history.

THE NEXT LRFA POST FOCUSES ON THE HISTORY OF THE FOUNDATION,  WRITTEN BY THE GREAT POET/CRITIC DORE ASHTON.

WESTBETH’S ARTISTS’ HOUSING WAS CONCEIVED IN THE 1960s AS A PARTIAL SOLUTION TO THE ACUTE NEED TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND STUDIOS FOR ARTISTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. HOW APPROPRIATE THAT WESTBETH GALLERY WILL HOST THE NEXT EXHIBITION OF MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATION OF MODERN PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS.

THE EXHIBITION IS ENTITLED SOUND AND IMAGE  FEATURING WORKS BY CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATION ON THE THEME OF IMAGE AND MUSIC.

MORE TO FOLLOW!