100 Years in Art’s History

Postcard of Marcel Duchamp's painting Nude Descending a Staircase

Armory Show postcard with reproduction of Marcel Duchamp’s painting Nude Descending a Staircase, 1913. Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

February 17, 1913 the International Exhibition of Modern Art opened at the New York 69th Regiment Armory. Now, simply referred to as The Armory Show, it is considered one of the most important exhibitions in art history. While most of the 1300 works in the show were by American artists, it was the first large-scale exhibition in the United States to show European artists. This was the first time many Americans were exposed to such a large scope of prominent European modern art. The exhibition eventually traveled to the Art Institute of Chicago (24 March–16 April) and Copley Hall, Boston (28 April–19 May).

Several institutions are celebrating the centennial anniversary of this historic show, two of which are just a quick trip from Philadelphia. The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913 opened February 17, 2013 at Montclaire Art Museum in New Jersey and will run until June 16, 2013. The New Spirit focuses on American artists who participated in the Armory Show, and features several female artists. The New York Historical Society will open The Armory Show at 100 October 11, 2013 with over ninety masterworks from the original 1913 exhibition. The Armory Show at 100 will be on display until February 23, 2014. Continue reading

First ArtTickle

I’m going to get this party started with a little video to challenge your knowledge of art history.

The works of art interpreted in this video are listed below. High resolution reproductions of most of the original works can be found in the libraries’ online database, ARTstor. To learn more about the original works or the artists who produced them, search the libraries’ online catalog for books or Oxford Art Online for artist information. Ask Jill, Temple’s Art Librarian, for further assistance.

1.   Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci, 1495-1498

2.   Birth of Veus, Sandro Botticelli, ca. 1482

3.   The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Tulp, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1632

4.   Francois I, Jean Clouet, ca. 1530
      Girl in a Turban or Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, 1660-1665

5.   Raft of Medusa, Theodore Gericault, 1819

6.   Death of Marat, Jacques-Louis David, 1793

7.   Creation of Adam (Sistine Chapel Ceiling), Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1508-1512

8.   Le fils de l’homme (Son of Man), Rene Magritte, 1967

9.   Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow, Piet Mondrian, 1930

10. Self-Portrait, Frida Kahlo, 1940
11. Dora Maar Seated, Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 1937

12. Scream, Edvard Munch, 1893

13. Self-portrait with Bandage, Vincent van Gogh, 1889

14. Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn), Any Warhol, 1967

15. Gabrielle d’Estrees and her Sister, Anonymous Artist, ca. 1595

16. Madonna Enthroned, Cimabue, ca. 1280-90

17. Salome with Head of St. John the Baptist, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 1607-10

18. Olympia, Edouard Manet, 1863-1865

19. Liberty Leading the People (July 28th 1830), Eugène Delacroix, 1830

20. Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden, Otto Dix, 1926

21. The Kiss, Gustav Klimt, 1907-08

22. La Mariée, Marc Chagall, 1950
23. Las Meninas or the Family of Philip IV, Diego Velazquez, 1656
24. Sunflowers, Vincent van Gogh, 1880