Sculptors Guild

55 Washington Street,Suite 256
Brooklyn, NY 11201

718-422-0555

Mission:

The mission of the Sculptors Guild is to promote, encourage, and serve as an advocate for sculpture and to make contemporary sculpture a relevant part of the cultural experience.

History:

During the 1930's American art had not yet been recognized as a significant force in the international Artworld. As the industrial world struggled through the Depression many American artists were dependent for their livelihoods on government art programs (WPA) while European artists were heavily favored by museums, galleries, and collectors.

The founding of Sculptors Guild in 1937 was a seminal event for Modern sculpture in America. The primary objectives of the founders as stated in an early exhibition catalogue were: "to unite sculptors of all progressive aesthetic tendencies into a vital organization in order to further the artistic integrity of sculpture and give it its rightful place in the cultural life of this  country."

Sculptors Guild benefited from the generous support of notable sponsors and patrons such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry Morgenthau, Fiorello La Guardia, Conger Goodyear, Rockefeller Foundation, Directors of Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art.

The inaugural Sculptors Guild exhibition of 1938 included notable founding sculptors: Paul Manship, Chaim Gross, Jose de Creeft, Herbert Ferber, William Zorach, Jose De Rivera and Nathaniel Kaz. These founders were at the forefront of American Modernism especially in their openly expressed rejection of the staid conventions of traditional figurative art. The result was an aesthetic paradigm shift that would impact the international art scene during the years of reconstruction following the global devastation of WWII.

Sculptors Guild members have ranked among the most prestigious and significant artists of the past seven decades. During the 1940's David Smith exhibited regularly with Sculptors Guild. He remains an influential mid-20th century sculptor who was the American pioneer of welded steel constructions of expressive geometric abstractions.

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