While living in France Abraham Walkowitz became a part of the avant-garde and Abstract Expressionist movements. This would open the doors to working relationships with Alfred Stieglitz and the 291 Gallery, as well as Auguste Rodin, Max Weber, and Isadora Duncan – who would later become the subject of over 5,000 images throughout Walkowitz’ career. He would become one of the first Americans to try to breach the gap between the leading experimental European art scene and that of the staid, conservative American art scene. Often met with derision, Walkowitz nevertheless helped put together the revolutionary 1913 Armory Show in New York, and exhibited there as well. In 1915 he helped found the People’s Art Guild in New York City, an artists’ cooperative whose aim was to bring contemporary art into the immigrant ghettos and tenements. Walkowitz’ art was greatly influenced by the many creative outputs of visual, performance, and literary luminaries of the time, especially those who challenged the status quo.
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