Giving Voice to America’s Social Realists

June 4, 2014

Social Realism, an international art movement, refers to the work of painters, printmakers, photographers and filmmakers who increase awareness about everyday conditions of the working classes and the poor. They serve as the critical voices to expose the unjust social structures that maintain these abhorrent conditions. Since its inception in 1932 ACA Galleries, in New York, NY, has been providing a forum for America’s Social Realists who have exposed the reality of American life through an American visual language. Even in the face of political threat in the 1930s, this leading NYC gallery remained steadfast in its support of these outspoken and courageous artistic voices.

“SOCIAL ART IN AMERICA: THEN & NOW” In keeping with its long-time tradition ACA Galleries presents “SOCIAL ART IN AMERICA: THEN & NOW”, from May 6 – June 27, 2014. This exhibition celebrates the variety and vitality of American Social Realism with past masters and current visionaries. Artists James Chapin, William Gropper, George Grosz, Philip Evergood, Robert Gwathmey, Joseph Hirsch, Joe Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Jack Levine and Raphael Soyer represent the his- toric tradition. Sue Coe, Luis Jimenez, John Mellencamp, and Faith Ringgold represent con- temporary expressions of Social Art.

Political Injustice William Gropper ( 1897 – 1977), was a U.S. cartoonist, painter, lithographer, and muralist. A committed radical, Gropper is best known for the political work which he contributed to such left wing publications as The Revolutionary Age, The Liberator, The New Masses, The Worker, and The Morning Freiheit. Through the years ACA Galleries has served as the forefront of outspoken American artists. It began with exhibitions by Depression era artists such as Philip Evergood, William Gropper, Rockwell Kent and others. These artists stood firm in the face of political pressure with at- tempt to modify their imagery.

Black Power Faith Ringgold is a painter, writer, speaker,