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Arnold Friedman

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Arnold Friedman (1874–1946) is a member of the generation that includes Arthur Dove and Marsden Hartley. Although his accomplishment is comparable to theirs, he remains largely unknown, for there have been no books and few museum exhibitions about his work. Friedman began to paint at an early age, but he did not have any formal studies in painting until he enrolled in the Art Students League when he was 32. Two years later he traveled to Europe, and after his return to New York he became involved with the Independent Artists group in 1910, as both exhibition organizer and artist, and was a founding member of the Society of Independent Artists in 1917. (Other founding members included John Sloan, William Glackens, Charlesand Maurice Prendergast, and Joseph Stella, and such European expatriates as Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia.) Although Friedman participated actively in the SIA between

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