Saturday, 9 November 2013

Old New York Art....and More Art!

It was 100 years ago, on February 17, 1913, the International Exhibition of Modern Art, or the 'Armory Show', opened at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. Installed in temporary rooms, the show exhibited approximately 1,300 European and American paintings and sculptures from over 300 artists.  This was the introduction to modern art to America.
1913 Armory Show

FYI, and because I wanted to know, the following artists are all listed in the 50th anniversary catalog as having exhibited in the original 1913 Armory show.[1]

(The names in 'bold' are for my reference only. I'll be buying some of their pieces after I win the lottery tonight. Just an initial list, you understand.) 
Robert Ingersoll Aitken, Alexander Archipenko, George Grey Barnard, Chester Beach, Gifford Beal, Maurice Becker, George Bellows, Joseph Bernard, Guy Pène du Bois, Oscar Bluemner, Pierre Bonnard, Gutzon Borglum, Antoine Bourdelle, Constantin Brâncuși, Georges Braque, Patrick Henry Bruce, Paul Burlin, Theodore Earl Butler, Charles Camoin, Arthur Carles, Mary Cassatt, Oscar Cesare, Paul Cézanne, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Henri-Edmond Cross, Leon Dabo, Andrew Dasburg, Honoré Daumier, Jo Davidson, Arthur B. Davies, Stuart Davis, Edgar Degas, Eugène Delacroix, Robert Delaunay, Maurice Denis, André Derain, Marcel Duchamp, Raoul Dufy, Jacob Epstein, Roger de La Fresnaye, Othon Friesz, Paul Gauguin, William Glackens, Albert Gleizes, Vincent van Gogh, Francisco Goya, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Edward Hopper, Ferdinand Hodler, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, James Dickson Innes, Augustus John, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Leon Kroll, Walt Kuhn, Gaston Lachaise, Marie Laurencin, Ernest Lawson, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Fernand Léger, Jonas Lie, George Luks, Aristide Maillol, Édouard Manet, Henri Manguin, John Marin, Albert Marquet, Henri Matisse, Alfred Henry Maurer, Kenneth Hayes Miller, Claude Monet, Adolphe Monticelli, Edvard Munch, Elie Nadelman, Walter Pach, Jules Pascin, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Maurice Prendergast, Odilon Redon, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Boardman Robinson, Theodore Robinson, Auguste Rodin, Georges Rouault, Henri Rousseau, Morgan Russell, Albert Pinkham Ryder, André Dunoyer de Segonzac, Georges Seurat, Charles Sheeler, Walter Sickert, Paul Signac, Alfred Sisley, John Sloan, Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, Joseph Stella, John Henry Twachtman, Félix Vallotton, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Jacques Villon, Maurice de Vlaminck, Édouard Vuillard, Abraham Walkowitz, J. Alden Weir, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Jack B. Yeats, Marguerite Zorach, William Zorach

Back to Present Day 

Our first stop in New York was Swann Auction Galleries to view the pieces on display for the auction "The Armory Show at 100". There were amazing works by many of the artists that were in the original exhibition - Degas, Picasso, Pissarro, Maillol, Matisse, Lautrec, Mary Cassatt, John Marin to name a few. 

At the auction preview.  Joe thinking......and admiring......

The auction was inspiring so naturally we needed more more more art!

The next evening we attended the opening of the International Fine Print Fair (IFPDA) at the Park Avenue Armory.  (I guess an armory is "the place" for art events in New York.  In Montréal we used to see Santa Claus at an Armory, but apparently he only goes to shopping centers now.) 

Sneaky phone photos. Blurry,  but I was balancing a glass of wine

Anyway, my only regret is that I was wearing new shoes and could barely stand up by the time the evening was over.  Didn't matter head wasn't paying much attention to my toes and no one seemed to notice my limp.

I LOVE New York!

For information on the Armory Show, this is a great site:

1913 Armory Show:  The Story in Primary Sources.  The Smithsonian Institute


  1. How lovely to see all that wonderful artwork. BTW...I can't believe how you put in all those links. That is above and beyond scope of normal blogger. That puts you in the rank of SUPER BLOGGER!! (I will apologize in advance for the awful Photoshopping but you will get the point...I hope.)

  2. Ha ha ha! I love my new status and what a great outfit! I have to confess that there was cutting and pasting going on with all those links, but being in the rank of Super Blogger is fantastic! :) Thanks!!