Federation of modern painters and sculptors

DEFINITION

Founded in 1940 in New York City, it has been an exhibiting organization with an elected membership whose goal was to make the public and press more aware of the importance and diversity of non-academic art. The Federation united artists who had philosophical problems with the conservative American Artists Congress and developed what was, at the time, a unique method of encouraging museums to include contemporary works of art in their collections. Members would find donors to purchase the works, and then approach museums to accept them. As a result, museums across the country began accepting contemporary art.. Members included Wil Barnet, Joseph Solman, Dorothy Eisner, Joseph Albers, Stuart Davis, Earl Kerkum and Louise Nevelson. Source: http://www.fedart.org/former.htm; AskART biography of Earl Kerkam.

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