By Milton W. Brown
Crowds of the aesthetic and the curious jammed into the 69th Regiment Armory in big apple on beginning evening - February 17, 1913 - to determine the foreign Exhibition of recent artwork. quickly nicknamed the Armory exhibit, it offered the excellent sight of approximately 1,300 works by way of van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse, and Duchamp, plus hundreds and hundreds of others, either ecu and American. Armory exhibit fever swept the rustic, grabbing the eye of yank artists, art-lovers, and philistines alike because the convey traveled from ny to Chicago to Boston. for everybody other than the tiny cadre of avant-garde artists who had already sought such determine in Europe and within the studios in their colleagues, the exhibit used to be a revelation, a primary publicity to Post-Impressionism, Cubism, and different then-radical types. The papers accused the artists of every thing from ineptitude to lunacy to the willful undermining of yank democracy. The critics and academicians, in addition to Teddy Roosevelt, snorted their disapproval and blustered in regards to the lunatic fringe. yet nobody within the paintings international may perhaps forget about the express, and American artwork was once by no means a similar back. the tale of the Armory express chronicles how this landmark exhibition was once prepare, the way it regarded, and the way it used to be acquired. From the 1st glimmers of the belief to the ultimate settling of the debts, Dr. Brown information with wit and perception an important paintings exhibition of the century. With 21 colour pictures and a whole catalogue raisonne of all of the work, sculptures, and prints within the unique convey, this splendidly unique quantity is gorgeous and informative. From the Baltimore sunlight, "The tale of the Armory exhibit has the scholarly pleasure of misplaced fabric come to mild, an in depth account of dramatic occasions, a simple sort and the fascination, as in tales of significant battles, of human blunders, clash, stupidity and genius; the fascination of occasions that irrevocably affected a dead ringer for our day."