THE WHITNEY STUDIO CLUB
1914 -- 1928
When the Whitney Studio Club was organized with
twenty members in 1914 there were few galleries where
liberal American art was welcome. A limited number of
Americans were included in the "modern" exhibitions
occurring from time to time, but very few artists were enabled
to show their work consistently.
In the belief that a useful purpose could be served by
opening a gallery devoted to the free expression of nonpartisan
American artists, the Whitney Studio Club was
organized. Many of the artists who showed their pictures
and sculpture publicly for the first time at the galleries of
the Club have since found the doors of other galleries hospitably
open to them.
During the period in which the Whitney Studio Club
has aimed to promote liberal American art, the attitude of
the public has changed. Art dealers and Directors of great
official exhibitions have also changed their point of view.
Opportunities for showing work by young American artists
have increased tremendously, and academic restraint has
become almost insignificant.
The Club, which now consists of four hundred members,
is proud to have played its part in bringing about this
invigorating change. But this very change makes the Club
no longer a pioneer organization. Artists for whom twelve
years ago it was necessary to fight are now in high favor.
More than this, a general liberal movement in art is in
The pioneering work for which the Club was organized
has been done; its aim has been successfully attained.
The liberal artists have won the battle which they fought
so valiantly, and will celebrate the victory as other regiments
fighting for liberty have done -- by disbanding. Believing
that the victory which its talented members have helped
win for American art will grow greater with the years, the
Whitney Studio Club wishes every member success and
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