Armory Show Legacy Benefits Museum of Modern Art

armoryThe 100-year anniversary of the 1913 New York Armory Show on February 17th brings new light to the history of modern art in this country and to the creation of MoMA. "The founding of MoMA, the Whitney, and much else stems directly from (the Armory Show's) 27 Earth-shaking days," explains Jeremy Saltz inNew York Magazine, March 4, 2013 issue. The Armory Show, officially called the "International Exhibition of Modern Art," brought numerous pieces of European modern art to the U.S. for the first such major exhibition here. It was first held in Manhattan's enormous 69th Regiment Armory and featured approximately 1,200 artworks by 300 artists. It was ultimately viewed by more than 400,000 people in three cities, including Boston and Chicago. Organized by New York's "Association of American Painters and Sculptors," the exhibition's goal was to bring before the public art "usually neglected by current shows."

The Armory Show displayed works by major European artists including Ingres, Daumier, Courbet, and by impressionists Cezanne, Seurat, Henri Rousseau. Also present were paintings by fauve artists, Dufy, Matisse Vlaminck and by cubists Braque, Leger, Picasso and more. (All of the above are in MoMA's permanent collection.) In fact, American artists, who contributed hundreds of their most ambitious paintings, were dismayed to see many of their works trivialized by attention to the European pieces. Yet reviews of the European works were mostly critical, with writers referring to the works as "alien, degenerate and politically dangerous" (sounds familiar). Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircaseinspired unending criticism, some calling the painting, "an explosion in a shingle factory." Matisse's Blue Nude, with its seemingly garish colors and large breasts, was derided by the press and later burned in effigy by students at the Art Institute of Chicago. Yet both paintings would be considered tame by today's standards. In part because of the Armory Show's contentious ratings, hordes of people were intrigued by it and attended it, so much so that its impact ultimately influenced generations of American artists and viewers.

Armory Show Legacy Benefits Museum of Modern Art (Huff Post)

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