Allen Tucker

Artist Biography

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Allen Tucker helped to usher in the wave of Modernism in America at the turn of the last century. After studying architecture at Columbia University, he took art classes at the Art Students’ League under John Henry Twachtman. Tucker quickly became involved in the New York art scene and became a founding member of two important modernist groups: the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, and the Society of Independent Artists. The Association of American Painters and Sculptors famously organized the seminal 1913 Armory Show, of which Tucker was not only an exhibitor but also head of the catalogue committee. He exhibited at other important venues as well, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Corcoran Gallery of Art. His first solo exhibition was in 1918 at Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s Whitney Studio Club, a precursor to the museum that would bear her name. Tucker went on to teach at the Art Students’ League, influencing the next generation of American artists, as well as to publish books and essays on art and design. His work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Phillips Collection, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

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