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Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

Art: Transatlantic Modernism Series

Art historian and author Wanda Corn (The Color of Mood; The Art of Andrew Wyeth; Grant Wood) examines the cultural dynamics that linked art circles in Paris and New York in the opening decades of the 20th century, focusing on painting, sculpture, art films, literature and the decorative arts. Produced Click for more

9. The Loss of Innocence: The Armory Show of 1913

09. The Loss of Innocence: The Armory Show of 1913

The International Exhibition of Modern Art, sponsored by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, offered to the American public its introduction to the avant-garde art of Europe. Informally called the Armory Show of 1913 because it was so large that it had to be held in a military armory, this exhibition attracted huge crowds and created a festive, circus air that encouraged a wide range of criticism and viewpoints. The show was organized by nationality and style, and the most radical American artist was John Sloan of the Ashcan School, who depicted a woman smoking. On the other hand, European artists received severe criticism. Critics labeled the Cubist works primitive, barbaric, childish and considered them too abstract and too hard to understand, but there was a grudging respect for the cleverness of the compositions and their intellectual control. Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase became the key work of the exhibition, and this work came to represent the Cubo/Futurist movement to Americans. The public identified the Cubist language with that of American cartoons in the similar use of the dotted line to symbolize motion, the sequence of figures in frames, and the narration of form. Before the exhibition, Duchamp was an unknown artist, but he sold four works from the show and later influenced generations of artists. 98/09DE SCA 60 min.

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