American Abstract Artists @MAMtastic
The American Abstract Artists (AAA) is a democratically artist-run organization founded in 1936 in New York City to promote and foster understanding of abstract and non-objective art. In 1997 they donated 40 prints to MAM, and a portion of this remarkable portfolio was exhibited. For the first time, we are thrilled to show all 40 prints at MAM. The MAM Collection Committee seized the opportunity to collect this body of work because of its relevance to the institution’s mission. Several factors made this acquisition naturally attractive. The Collection Committee was also attracted to the integrity of the work and the educational nature of the AAA mission. MAM features and celebrates contemporary art and is one of the few institutions in the region that continues to feature regional abstract artists. The educational aspect of this portfolio seemed a natural extension in celebrating these artists. The gift was intended to help provide continued dialogue and expand ideas about abstract art.
AAA hosts critical panels nationally and publishes 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 the AAA has produced more than 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. AAA is graciously providing written educational support materials for public consumption.