American Contemporary Art Gallery (ACA) was established in 1932 by Herman Baron. Artists Stuart Davis, Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Adolf Dehn were early members. At the time, ACA was one of only three galleries in New York primarily dedicated to exhibiting the work of American artists. Over the years ACA's breadth and scope expanded. The gallery continues to fulfill its mission to support and exhibit some of the most important contemporary and historic artists in the field.
ACA's pioneering interest in progressive American art was established in exhibitions featuring, and often introducing to American audiences, the work of Stuart Davis, Rockwell Kent, Irene Rice Periera, Alice Neel, Barnett Newman and Charles White. In 1935, ACA hosted the inaugural meetings of the American Artists' Congress, the influential precursor to the Federal Art Project and Works Project Administration; federal programs that aided American artists and funded public art projects throughout the Great Depression.
In the 1960s ACA established its first foreign branch in Rome and the ACA Heritage Gallery in New York City signaling a vital foray into 19th and early 20th century American art. During the 1990s ACA opened a gallery in Munich and introduced the work of Jackson Pollock, Adolph Gottlieb, Joseph Cornell and Theodoros Stamos, among others to the German public. During this time ACA also organized the first exhibitions of both Andrew Wyeth and Jackson Pollock in Hong Kong. In 2006 ACA presented the first major exhibition in Dubai featuring over 80 works by notable American and European masters from Bruegel to Warhol.
For over 80 years, ACA has supported artists in diverse disciplines with singular points of view. The gallery has presented over 800 exhibitions and published over 400 books and catalogues. ACA continues its tradition of featuring artists whose talent transcends their nationality, race or gender by presenting monthly exhibitions, organizing traveling exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, and working closely with museums and private collectors to build collections.
Today ACA continues to break new ground by representing and exhibiting distinguished artists and estates. The artistic and humanitarian mission of the gallery still endures, and ACA is committed to upholding this tradition by continuing to support artists from around the world in their commitment to make significant and brave contributions to the field.