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 Samuel Freid  (1908 - 1983)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: murals, abstract figurative painting

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Freid, Samuel, (Sam) 1908-1983
 
He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, under Henry McCarter (1865-1943) and later taught at the Art Institute and Fleisher Museum,  at 17th & 18th Cherry St. Philadelphia.

Sam Freid work begins to take root in the early 1930s.  Coming from a Pennsylvania coal mining town,  Sam produced a body of work in drawings and black and white oil on canvas painting depicting the reality of coal miners and their families.   Before the 1950s, he produced a series of drawing of political satire cartoons in conjunction with the WPA.  He then entered a modern period where he created oils on board and canvas of brightly colored  paintings depicting American culture such as the dinner, pinball players, baseball, circuses and clowns.

He collaborated with his wife Hilda-Berger Freid on a number of projects.  They collaborated on building projects and sculpture, creating installations,  in the style of Picasso and similar to but also pre-Red Grooms.  One important collaboration with Hilda was a body of work titled The Barbarianism of Nazis.   It consist of about 160 18" x 24” pastels, depicting Nazi soldiers, Hitler, civilians, and individuals in intense scenes of brutality.  Some of these stills have just statements on them as if being said by some of these caricatures depicted.  Some of these caricatures were cut out and had movable arms, head and legs, which Hilda would hold and move around for her husband Sam to produce 16mm films.   Sam edited in  footage of the war which he was able to acquire from the war department,   From the late 1950s until his passing, Sam produced a number of works on paper and large oil on canvas of brightly colored abstract paintings breaking from the traditions, as artist of urban centers did at that time.

Sam Freid exhibited with many artists who have acquired some recognition to this time. Similar to New York in which artist formed groups and collaboration among fellow artist, Sam belonged to a group called “Group 55”, in 1955.  Leader of this group was Charles Ronald Bechtle.  Other members were Abraham P. Hankins, Norman Carton, Quita Brodhead, Michael Ciliberti, Sanford Greenberg, Francis A. Jennings, Fran Lachman, Jane Piper, Doris Staffel  and Mitchel Wagman.  All of these artist exhibited together at Carlen Galleries in 1957.  This was the 1st exhibition titled Philadelphia Abstract Artist.

Exhibitions:
1950 Dec. 9th- Dubin Gallery 312 South 16th St. Phila.
1950 Feb. 23rd- Beryl & Lush Gallery 2007 Walnut St. Phila.
1951 March 4th- Dorothy Grafly Drummond & George Binet Gallery 67 East 57th  St.  New York, New York.
1957 Oct. 11th-31st Galleries 323 South 16th Street
1983 June 7-30th  Fleisher Exhibition Cherry St. Phila.   

Information provided by George Anderson

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