The first major exhibition of European modern art in the United States was held from 17 February to 15 March 1913 in New York, and changed the American art scene forever. Officially (and rather boringly) titled the "International Exhibition of Modern Art", it's gone down in history as the "Armory Show", after the venue at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets. Organized by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, it included works by European modern artists such as Picasso, Gauguin, CÚzanne, and Duchamp, as well as American modernists such as Robert Henri
The Archives of American Art
has created a website on the show, telling the story through original photos and documents. For example, the sales book
, which is so informal you half wonder if any sales were expected!
An exhibition of Armory Show documents from the Archives of American Art will be on view at the Montclair Art Museum
until 16 June 2013.
The New York Historical Society's The Armory Show at 100
exhibition runs from 11 October 2013 to 23 February 2014.
Book Review: Salon to Biennial: Exhibitions that Made Art History