Nude at Armory

This week will be very busy for our collectors, as many will visit New York City to view the Armory Show.

The event takes its name from the original International Exhibition of Modern Art that was organized almost 100 years ago by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors.

The exhibition ran in New York City's 69th Regiment Armory, on Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets, from February 17 until March 15, 1913. It introduced astonished New Yorkers to modern art.

News reports and reviews were filled with accusations of quackery, insanity, immorality, and anarchy.

About the modern works, former President Theodore Roosevelt declared, "That's not art!"

Among the scandalously radical works of art, pride of place goes to Marcel Duchamp's cubist/futurist style Nude Descending a Staircase, shown here.

It was painted the year before, in which he expressed motion with successive superimposed images, and was based upon the new ideas of cinematography.

Julian Street, an art critic, wrote that the work resembled "an explosion in a shingle factory"

Nowadays, the event is so large that it has migrated from the original armory over to the west side piers 92 & 94 located at 12th Avenue and 55th Street.

Scandalous artworks are not anticipated, and an entire wing is dedicated to "safe" and very blue chip historical works.

Fortunately, our fun loving community of art collectors will be around to shake things up a bit, and perhaps descend a staircase or two.

Please let us know if you are attending by registering on our Kabinett Calendar page. Log on via the link above.

Cubistically Yours,