Salons of america

DEFINITION

Formed in 1922 in New York City and active until 1936, it was a group of artists opposed to organizational methods of the Society of Independent Artists. Hamilton Easter Field, objecting to the financial and publicity techniques of the Independents, was a leading Salon member. Early Salon exhibitions were held at the Anderson Galleries, and had no jury nor prizes. First year membership was limited to 250 painters, sculptors, print makers and carvers, all representative of a wide range of styles from "conservative to post-Dadaist." Among the group were George Ault, Joseph Stella, Walter Ufer, Agnes Pelton and Oscar Bluemner. Sources: "The New York Times", July 3, 1922; Boston Universities Libraries Research Guide

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