"Picturing the Lower East Side" - an exhibit of painting by members of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors
New York, NY 10002
New York, and particular the Lower East Side has been a source of inspiration for artists for over a century. This exhibit presents a wide range of artists working in a variety of styles who each an enthralled with the painting the city of New York. Artists include Anneli Arms, Violet Baxter, Lynda Caspe, Peter Colquhoun, Mryon Heise, Robert Feinland, Hortense Kassoy, Marion Lerner-Levine, Patricia Melvin, Kate O'Toole, Vincent Pinto, Jacqueline Sferra-Rada, Philip Sherrod, Philip Southern and others. Above image: Brooklyn Bridge by Patricia Melvin. http://www.petercolquhoun.com, http://www.patriciamelvin.com, http://www.vincentpinto.com, http://www.philipsherrod.com, http://www.philsouthernart.com
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors http://www.fedart.org was established in 1940 dedicated to the freedom of artistic expression, to the independent development of the arts, to the exchange of ideas between artists and the welfare of the artists. The First Federation exhibition was in "American Art Today" Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in 1940. In 1975, for the 35th anniversary exhibition, David Shirey of the New York Times wrote: "Anyone who knows anything about the history of modern American art will feel a rush of nostalgia over the exhibition of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors. This organization, which was founded by American artists in 1940, means a great deal to many people in the art world. It represents a group whose members have steadfastly been committed to the highest esthetic principles in art, who fought for the independence of different kinds of creativity, who made it possible for artists devoted to styles of all kinds to have public exposure by means of exhibitions throughout the country, and who encouraged intellectual exchanges among artists and a special sense of comaraderie and spiritual community." Early members of the Federation included artists associated with the Educational Alliance including: Saul Baizerman, Adolph Gottlieb, Chaim Gross, Louise Nevelson and Mark Rothko.