1935: Federal Art Project (FAP)
In the Library of Congress: the New Deal provides work relief for artists through the Federal Art Project
1936: American Artist Congress/Art Front
in 1936 in the USA in response to the call of the Popular Front and the American Communist Party for formations of literary and artistic groups against the spread of Fascism. In May 1935 a group of New York artists met to draw up the 'Call for an American Artists' Congress
'; among the initiators were George Ault (1891-1948), Peter Blume, Stuart Davis, Adolph Denn, William Gropper (b 1897), Jerome Klein, Louis Lozowick (1892-1973), Moses Soyer, Niles Spencer and Harry Sternberg. Davis became one of the most vociferous promoters of the Congress and was not only the national executive secretary but also the editor of the organization's magazine, Art Front
, until 1939.
1968: Canadian Artists' Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC)
Established by Canadian artists in 1968, CARFAC
is the national voice of Canada's professional visual artists, defending artists' economic and legal rights and educating the public on fair dealing with artists.
1969: Black Emergency Cultural Coalition (BECC)
In the New York Public Library's Archives
: the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition was organized in January 1969 by a group of African American artists in response to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition, Harlem on My Mind
1971: Seth Siegelaub's "The Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer And Sale Agreement"
Until things change: use this document. Hans Haacke still does.
1973: Hollis Frampton
Some things never change: The
elucidating letter written to MoMA's Curator of Film by Hollis Frampton in 1973
1985: The Guerrilla Girls
Reinventing the "f" word for the art world - feminism
2008: "State of the Arts"
When think-tanks become demands: A group exhibition project organized by Joseph del Pesco and commissioned by The Present Group
2008: A Bibliography
Studies of Artists
by Donnell Butler, Princeton University
2009: Mary Beth Edelson's "Artist Contract"
Drafted collectively by a group of international artists and art workers for the benefit of artists, it can be tailored to suit your needs. Download it here